The Success Of The Toyota Production System

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As one of the largest automotive manufacturers in the world Toyota has conceived and implemented many ideas and programs that have set themselves apart from the competition and positioned the operation for success. We will discuss both the origins and recent implementations of these programs such as Lean Manufacturing and the Toyota Production System, Just in Time, Kaizen and Kanban in detail to give insight into the streamlined and efficient operations that make Toyota such a great competitor in the automotive industry. The Toyota Production System is an integrated system developed by Toyota that essentially dictates how the entire operation is ran. The system was developed between 1948 and 1975. The main goals of the Toyota production are to eliminate overburden, inconsistency, and waste. The tools and processes used to accomplish these goals are the foundation of the Toyota Production System and are emulated and utilized by many other operations worldwide. Lean is a system that relies heavily on all aspects of the system running flawlessly and efficiently. To achieve this an operation must place extreme emphasis on creating a culture of lean company wide. A popular misconception is that lean is suited only for manufacturing. Not true. Lean applies in every business and every process. It is not a tactic or a cost reduction program, but a way of thinking and acting for an entire organization. Many organizations choose not to use the word lean, but to label what they do
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