Jidoka is a Japanese word that refers to process autonomation. Its a Lean Manufacturing and Toyota Production System concept that means using intelligent automation to maintain Takt Time and deliver defect-free products to customers.
Automation has its pros and cons.
Jidoka strives to get the best of both worlds where process are automated but yet there are intelligent human beings involved in the process as well. This is what is meant by the words "intelligent automation".
Humans are more supervisory than hands-on.
In addition to the intentions indicated above, the other goals of Jidoka are:
There is DETECTION and CORRECTIVE ACTION, to get the process up and running quickly. Once the process is running, a team is centered on root cause analysis a strong emphasis on fixing the problem so it cannot reoccur (PREVENTION).
If Jidoka is successful, this helps improve the likelihood that the principle of Just-In-Time manufacturing will succeed. Also allows the creation of reliable Kanban levels of raw materials, WIP, and finished goods.
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