The following pictures are from an e-mail sent to me some time ago by my friend John Shook. John visited a Toyota Museum Library and found the translated copies of our books on the shelf. It is a pretty funny feeling to have worked for Toyota in Japan and also find a copy of your [...]
Here is an interesting example of Kaizen back in the machine shops of Toyota in the 1950’s. TPS originated in the machine shops of Toyota under the direction of manager Taiichi Ohno. “Ohno” style production lines were created in the engine plant in line with his concepts and thoughts on improvement. Unfortunately not many pictures [...]
Quality control has a long history within both Toyoda the parent loom company and Toyota the automotive manufacturing company. Sakichi Toyoda started making looms in the late 1890’s. His work culminated in the impressive 1924 Type G Auto Loom (click for image of sample machines).
The Type G loom was noted for its non stop shuttle [...]
Here is a detailed example of what a QC Circle activity looks like in Toyota these days. The following link will take you over to the blog part of the A3Thinking.com website I set up with Professor Durward Sobek. Inside the link is a 24 slide presentation that won a plant level award in a [...]
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The Toyota Production System is famous for its relentless focus on waste elimination. The chief architect of TPS Taiichi Ohno and his staff coined the “7 wastes” as a way to convey the concepts to employees. Overproduction was considered the worst of the seven wastes since it usually lead to the creation of the other [...]
Isao Kato is the retired manager for the old Education and Training Division of Toyota Motor Corporation. I spent some time interviewing Mr. Kato when Professor Sobek and I set out to draft A3 Thinking. In particular I was curious about some of the intellectual roots of A3 Reports inside Toyota. As I learned in [...]