Toyota Production System ( Tps )

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Introduction The Toyota Production System (TPS) is a lean production Operations Management technique, steeped in the philosophy of operational efficiency, operational sustainability, operational effectiveness, and quality, with focus on waste elimination, innovation and human rights (Toyota Motor Corporation, 2015a; Toyota Motor Manufacturing, 2015). At its foundation, TPS utilizes the guiding ideologies of “Just-In-Time” production, or efficient resource management, and “Jidoka,” or quality assurance (Toyota Motor Manufacturing, 2015). Besides the two guiding ideologies noted herein, the TPS has twelve other principles by which it bolsters its foundation. These principles include “Andon, Genchi Genbutsu, Heijunka, Hoshin, Jishuken, Kanban, Kaizen, Muda, Nemawashi, Pokayoke, Standardized Work and Yokoten” (Toyota Motor Manufacturing, 2015). Like the guiding ideologies, these principles focus on operational efficiency and quality, but additionally, these principles also address operational effectiveness and operational sustainability. Toyota Production System (TPS) Overview Purpose TPS endeavors to rapidly provide a value product to the consumer, while utilizing the least number of required resources through streamlined processes (Toyota Motor Corporation, 2015a). The goal of TPS is to operate under a production model that fosters innovation, competence and integrity, which can be manipulated based upon consumer demand and eliminate wasted resources, while delivering a

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