Analysis Of Toyota 's Production System

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Toyota 's Production System (TPS) is based upon “lean” principles that includes focusing on the customer, constant and recurrent improvement, and superiority through waste reduction, and combined upward and downward developments as part of a lean. “TPS is the foundation for what has become a global movement to “think lean”. Most manufacturing companies in the world have adopted some type of “lean initiative,” and this concept is now spreading to a diverse range of organizations, including the defense department, hospitals, financial institutions, and construction companies” (Liker & Morgan, 2006). Unlike like TPS, Lean is a business improvement idea that focuses on the true needs of the customer to help the business prevent waste from being built into the system. This paper will compare and contrast the concept of Lean and TPS used by Toyota.
TPS was based upon two concepts, the first concept is called jidoka and the second concept is called Just-in-Time. “Jidoka” (which can be loosely translated as "automation with a human touch") which means that when a problem occurs, the equipment stops immediately, preventing defective products from being produced. "Just-in-Time," in which each process produces only what is needed by the next process in a continuous flow Toyota Manufacturing Company (TMC). “JIT was originally known as the "Toyota Production System," created by the founder of Toyota, Sakichi Toyoda, and an engineer Taiichi Ohno” (Improving manufacturing flexibility,…
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