Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Glossary Terms
Terms that are used on the Manufacturing Automation website


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


Kilovolt amperes (1000-volt amps).