By Jon Miller | Post Date: September 13, 2010 4:37 PM | Comments: 6
This week we are leading a big group on a lean manufacturing study mission in Japan. We call it the Japan Kaikaku Experience becaue we learn from companies that have gone through or are still going through kaikaku , a lean business transformation. The study mission is also designed to give participants a personal kaikaku, or mental transformation through seeing, hearing, discussion and reflection. We have done nearly 90 of these tours, looking forward to celebrating our 100th next year. I look forward to gems, insights or "a-ha!" moments with you this week.
Energy cost is high, so they also pay attention to the wise use of energy resources in Japan. Staying many nights in many hotels in many countries, this refrigerator on-off switch with energy conscious instruction label was a first.
The focus of many energy treasure hunts is to "turn it off" when the appliance or machine is not being used. The focus is to stop wasteful energy use. The condition of hotel refrigerators is that they are not used much of the time, but always drawing energy to keep the space cool. In this hotel the default condition for refrigerators is "off" until a guest needs to use it. This energy kaizen is simple and obvious but effective.Comments are moderated to filter spam and inappropriate content. There may be a delay before your comment is published.