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Continuous Improvement and Focused Monitoring System is a process management and quality management concept, which offers companies "quick wins" benefits, which enable them to produce high quality products with shorter lead-time.
Continuous improvement, in regard to organizational quality and performance, focuses on improving customer satisfaction through continuous and incremental improvements to processes, including by removing unnecessary activities and variations. Quality is a never ending quest and Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) is a never ending effort to discover and eliminate the main causes of problems. It accomplishes this by using small-steps improvements, rather than implementing one huge improvement. The Japanese have a term for this called "kaizen" which involves everyone, from the hourly workers to top-management.
A CIFMS is not a general software application that can be readily used for any given manufacturing company, it is a uniquely designed system specifically tailored to a given company guided by a method. Therefore the most crucial process in developing and implementing an efficient CIFMS is selecting a design method which brings forth a multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDM) problem with varied degrees of interdependencies among the decision components.
A key principle of an effective Continuous Improvement and Focused Monitoring System is input and feedback from a diverse group of stakeholders.
- Hassan, Kikuo, Haleh, Nezu (2005). A model for selecting a CIFMS design method. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. ISSN 1741-038X.
- Waldner, Jean-Baptiste (1 edition (September, 1992)). Principles of Computer-Integrated Manufacturing. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0-471-93450-X.
- NB : the MCDM problem can be formulated so as to minimize the distance between a facility and a given set of points. The efficient points of this problem are candidates for optimal solutions to many location problems.