Keywords: capability, lead time, kaizen success level, 5S movement, 4M scheme, continuous improvement
Continuous improvement as an improvement tool for logistics
Continuous-improvement processes (CIP) are fostering the capability of companies. Capability itself is determined by three elements: climate, competence and capacity and each of these is measurable by indicators. Such improvement in capability is the central goal for CIP. The CIP approach of Mercedes-Benz’s Sindelfingen Plant is dedicated to achieving a substantial logistics improvement in the first phases of a CIP project. During these phases positive improvements for time and costs have been realised. Moving further ahead requires other elements (e.g. human-orientated ones) to be involved. Thus sustainable kaizen success levels are built up. They are helping to attain a better position in different markets than other competitors.