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This is the Japanese word for improvement. Kaizen implies more than improvement in basic production processes. Kaizen represents a philosophy whereby an organization, and the individuals within it, undertake continual improvements of all aspects of organizational life.


The Japanese methodology for achieving JIT, often involving the use of "kanbans," or cards, to indicate parts status.

Kelvin Symbol K.

The unit of absolute or thermodynamic temperature scale based upon the Celsius scale with 100 units between the ice point and boiling point of water. 0?C = 273.15K (there is no degree (?) symbol used with the Kelvin scale).

Key Performance Indicators

Measurement(s) which determine if the critical success factor was successfully achieved.


Devices that allow only selected pairs of mating connectors to be plugged into each other.

Kilowatt (kw)

Equivalent to 1000 watts.

Kilowatt Hour (kwh)

1000 watthours. Kilovolt amperes (kva): 1000 volt amps.

Kinetic energy

The energy of motion of a moving body.


Kraftwerk kennzeichen system

Knowledge - based system

software that uses artificial intelligence techniques and a base of information about a specialized activity to control systems or operations.


Kilovolt amperes (1000-volt amps).

Ladder logic

symbolic representation illustrates schematically the functions of a control circuit. The power lines form the sides of a ladder-like structure, with the program elements arranged to form the rungs.

  1. A time delay between the output of a signal and the response of the instrument to which the signal is sent.
    2. A time relationship between two waveforms where a fixed reference point on one wave occurs after the same point of the reference wave.

Local Area Network. A network that takes advantage of the proximity of computers to offer relatively efficient, higher-speed communications than long-haul or wide-area networks.


Link Access Protocol.

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