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The Toyota Production system is a major precursor of Lean Manufacturing. Founded on the conceptual pillars of 'Just-in-time' and 'Jidoka' (or, Automation with a Human Touch), the system was first built off the approach created by the founder of Toyota, Sakichi Toyoda and his son, Kiichiro Toyoda.
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The main target of the Toyota Production is to eliminate 3 key issues: Overburden, Inconsistency, and Waste - or 'Muri', 'Mura' and 'Muda', respectively. Theoretically, process improvement working like so:
- A process is created that is easily repeated, and provides results smoothly, thus eliminating Inconsistency in the production line (Muri).
- This reduction in Inconsistency minimises Stress, or Overburden (Mura), as there are less mistakes being made.
- The lack of Stress in turn massively reduces Waste (Muda), which is considered to occur in 8 forms:
Dan Markovitz, Founder/President of Markovitz Consulting, Author
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The Toyota Production System is grounded on two main conceptual pillars:
With 'Just in Time', a product is efficiently built within the shortest possible period of time by adhering to the following:
For the Just-in-Time system to function, all parts that made and supplied must be meeting predetermined quality standards. This is achieved through Jidoka.