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Business Brief Abstract This business brief will discuss Autoliv, a Fortune 500 company who manufactures automotive safety components (Krajewski, Ritzman, Malhotra, 2013). Autoliv has over 80 plants in more than 32 countries, all of which run on a lean manufacturing system, which is referred to as “Autoliv Production System (APS) (Krajewski, Ritzman, Malhotra, 2013). Toyota pioneered the principles that the APS is based on (Krajewski, Ritzman, Malhotra, 2013). Another A lean system allows businesses to improve operations, by getting rid of the “unwanted waste”, such as overproduction, transportation, waiting, motion, inventory, defects, etc (Krajewski, Ritzman, Malhotra, 2013). The four main items that will be discussed regarding…show more content…
Some of the visual aids that Autoliv uses are as follows: • Blue communication wall, which consists of company goals related to customer satisfaction, shareholder/financial performance, and safety and quality (Krajewski, Ritzman, Malhotra, 2013). • Each cell that the employees work in have a banner that shows how well the cell is doing for the month (Krajewski, Ritzman, Malhotra, 2013). • There are heijunka cards in each cell and a “rail” is in place to help manage the workload. The “rail” is color coded and each employee knows what each color represents, which helps keep them on task (Krajewski, Ritzman, Malhotra, 2013). In short, the visual aids can help simplify the role of what is expected in each cell by every employee. A quick glance can give an employee an idea of how well they are doing currently, compared to the month. Just In Time Considerations (JIT) The Just In Time Philosophy (JIT) is simply to eliminate waste, by cutting excess capacity or inventory and removing any activities that do not create value (Krajewski, Ritzman, Malhotra, 2013). As mentioned in the introduction, there are certain items that need to be gotten under control in order to run a neat, lean system. The goals of a lean system are to eliminate eight types of waste (overproduction, inappropriate processing,

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