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The Toyota Way: 14 Principles

Lean Enterprise: Kore 10 Tips

  • Just-in-time processing: a part moves to a production operation, is processed immediately, and moves immediately to the next operation

  • Short order-to-ship cycles times; small batch production capability that is synchronized to shipping schedules

  • Production is based on orders rather than forecasts; production planning is driven by customer demand or "pull" and not to suit machine loading or inflexible work flows on the shop floor.

Toyota Production System

  • Minimal inventories at each stage of the production process

  • Quick changeovers of machines and equipment allow different products to be produced with one-piece flow in small batches

  • Layout is based on product flow

  • Total quality control. Active involvement by workers in trouble shooting and problem solving to improve quality and eliminate wastes.

Areas Targeted by TQM in Japan

  • Defect prevention rather than inspection and rework by building quality in the process and implementing real time quality feedback procedures.

  • Team based work organizations with multi skilled operators empowered to make decisions and improve operations with few indirect staff.

Example of a Lean Value Chain

Implementing Kaizen: 7 Conditions