Autoliv Case Study

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Autoliv is a world class example of lean manufacturing. This Fortune 500 Company makes automotive safety components such as seat belt, airbags, and steering wheels, and has over 80 plants in more than 32 countries. Revenue in 2007 topped $6.7 billion. Autoliv’s lean manufacturing environment is called the Autoliv Production System (APS), and is based on the world’s largest automobile manufacturers, and embodied in its Toyota Production System (TPS). At the heart of Autoliv is a system that focuses on continuous improvement. Based on the “House of Toyota”, Autoliv Ogden, Utah, air bag plants put the concepts embodied in the house to work every day. The only difference between the Toyota house and the one at Autoliv is that the company has…show more content…
Jidoka may also come into play when a machine does not operate properly, or an employee notices a process that has deviated from the standard. When worker “stop and fix” a problem at the point of its creation they save the company from added cost as well as lost confidence in the eyes of the customers. To help focus worker efforts daily Autoliv has a blue “communication wall” that everyone sees as they head to their work site. The wall contains the company’s “policy deployment” which consists of company - wide goals which then flow down to the plant level through the plant managers goals strategies and action for the facility, these linked activity assure that Autoliv achieves its goal. By communicating this information and more in a visual manner the central panel of the APS House is supported other visual communication and management methods are in place as well. For example each cell has an overhead banner that states how that cell is doing each month in the areas of Safety, quality, employee involvement, cost, and the delivery. These all tie into the policy deployment shown on the

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