Like our sister manufacturing companies throughout the Kubota Group, KMA and KIE employ the Japanese principle of 5-GEN as our basic manufacturing philosophy. In 2013, KMA established a 5-GEN training center known as the 5 GEN Do Jo for North America to teach the 5-GEN principles. The 5-GEN principles include:
GEN-ba - This means the "Actual Place". Using this principle, we understand that in order to improve, we must first go to the Actual Place where the operation or activity is taking place.
GEN-butsu - This means the "Actual Thing". The actual thing may be a product, tools or process to be improved.
GEN-jitsu - This means the "Actual Condition." It is critical that we be able to see the actual condition so we can compare it to the theory and the standards to understand where to focus improvement efforts.
GEN-ri - This refers to "Principles" or "Theory."
GEN-soku - This refers to "Fundamental Rules" or "Standards."
Putting it all together in the simplest of terms, we must go to the GEN-ba (Actual Place) to see the GEN-butsu (Actual Thing), to understand the GEN-jitsu (Actual Condition) then we can benchmark these against the GEN-ri and the GEN-soku to set our targets for improvement.
The 5-GEN principles have taught us that since all improvement starts from rethinking.