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.
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.