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- He joined his cousin's automobile production company and was
responsible for recruiting the best research engineers and organizing
- He becomes president of Toyota.
- Toyoda visits Ford plant to learn more about the US motor
- Toyota Car "Crown" model become successful in Japan but not in
- He learned that in order to compete price advantage is not enough so
he instead focused on efficiency and quality.
He employed the inventor Taichi Ohno to develop a new production system
"Toyota production System". Through quality and reliability, Toyoda took
on the great U.S. automobile manufacturers and emerged as the winner.
He successfully launches Corolla in United States to become number one
imported car in United States.
- The final result is a global success, from the Corolla to Lexus.
Taiichi Ohno designed the Toyota Production System with the following
basic elements are
- Waste control
unnecessary stock on hand, producing defective goods, waiting
(idle/nonproductive time), processing itself, unnecessary motion)
- Just-in-time (JIT).
That is supplying to each process what it needs when it needs it and in
the quantity that it needs.
with a human touch - Automation with
quality must flow from production process and not inspection
- Production Leveling:
rearrange the production plan and schedule to level out Peaks and
troughs thus minimizing waste
a stock identification and-control system
Books & References:
Toyoda, Eiji. Toyota: Fifty Years in Motion . Tokyo: Kodansha
Taiichi Ohno's Workplace Management,
Productivity Press, 1982.
Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale
Production. Cambridge, MA: Productivity Press, 1988.
Ohno, Taiichi, with Setsuo Mito. Just-in-Time: Making It Happen:
Unleashing the Power of Continuous Improvement.
Cambridge, MA: Productivity Press, 1988.
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