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“Whether it’s your check engine light, a smoke detector, or child-proof caps, poka-yoke is all around us,” says Fuchs. “It can make life safer, easier and can improve your business processes.”
The DVD’s purpose is to help manufacturers come as close to perfection as possible. Part of the Shingo Prize-winning Manufacturing Insights Video Series, it measures and evaluates the modern and practical methods for getting quality right the first time.
If necessity is the mother of invention, poka-yoke is an effective solution for mistakes that are bound to happen when an operator completes repetitive tasks. “Mistake-proofing is one of the cornerstones of lean production,” says Fuchs. “It creates stable, repeatable processes that are high quality and low waste. But whether you are on a lean journey or not, isn’t that the kind of rock-solid foundation you want at the base of all your business processes?”
Does your company poka-yoke? If so, what results are you seeing? What other QC/QA techniques do you employ? Please post your comments below.