Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma Definitions

Glossary terms, history, people and definitions about Lean and Six Sigma


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3P is an acronym for Production Preparation Process, which is a method that focuses on eliminating waste through product and process design.

It was introduced to the US in the mid-1980’s by Chihiro Nakao, founder of the consulting firm Shingijutsu, and a contemporary of Taiichi Ohno.

Originally, it was called “New Production Preparation” (NPP) but was later updated to 3P.




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