Poka Yoke: What’s it all about?

In the world of Lean manufacturing there are many several Japanese terms used to describe concepts and strategies. One of these terms is Poka Yoke, or mistake proofing. To avoid inadvertent errors. Essentially, Poka Yoke is the practice of building mechanisms into a process in order to keep workers from making mistakes. It encourages developer designing equipment, procedures, and methodologies to make it difficult for someone to make an error. A machine guard preventing workers from reaching into dangerous machinery is an example of Poka Yoke in a manufacturing environment.

Poka Yoke may sound a little confusing, but the concept can often be found in your everyday life. This infographic highlights day-to-day instances where Poka Yoke is working to make your life easier!

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