Indias first maturity assessment model for operational excellence:Part II of II

Overview of KMAX

KMAX (Kaizen Institute’s Maturity Assessment for Excellence) is the model, which evaluates Operational Excellence maturity over 5 levels – from 1to 5 star. Although there is a national recognition and award associated with each level, your real prize is the exciting journey in quest of excellence, not the award itself.

Objective

To support India’s overall objective of becoming a globally competitive manufacturing destination by

· Providing a globally benchmarked framework for assessing manufacturing organizations in their journey to global   competitiveness in operations; and recognising their achievements by awards/ medals.

· Providing action guidelines to interested organizations for progressing to the next stage in their journey of             excellence.

5 levels of KMAX

First two levels

1 star: Imai recognition for Operational Excellence: At least 2 years of Operational Excellence implementation practise

2 star: Imai recognition for Operational Excellence: At least 1 year of practice after achieving first star

Next three levels

3 star: At least 1 year of practise after qualifying previous level

4 star: At least 1 year of practise after qualifying previous level

5 star: At least 1 year of practise after qualifying previous level

A journey of Operational Excellence manifests itself through Process Excellence. It is eventually a journey towards creating ‘perfect processes’. A ‘perfect process’ is one (definition courtesy Jim Womack) in which

Every step is

  • completely Valuable (Value Adding) – objective of Lean
  • perfectly Capable – objective of Six Sigma
  • perfectly Available – objective of TPM®
  • exactly Adequate – objective of TOC
  • carbon & Water Neutral – objective of the ‘Green’ movement

Every step in connected by

  • continuous Flow
  • noiseless Pull
  • maximal Levelling – all objectives of Lean

It cannot be denied that organizations really strive hard by focusing on their processes to improve the quality, delivery, productivity, morale, safety & finally cost reduction (QCDPMS). The KMAX framework seeks to evaluate the effectiveness of this process in the applicant unit.

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