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Assess further Kaizen opportunities to eliminate waste in the form of packaging, cardboard, foam, wooden pallets, etc. Recycled containers that travel to the supplier and back are common, for example.
❑ Instead of a multi-bin system, look for opportunities to implement a bag system that only requires one container. This will reduce by half the number of bins and shelving space required..
❑ Eliminate line changeover time related to materials by designing Kanban kits (for a specific product or product family) on wheels, that can be rolled to the line quickly and restocked offline as needed.
❑ Formalize the Kaizen process by ensuring that some time every week is spent on process improvement. This would normally take the form of a team meeting on the floor.