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The origin of the Toyota Production System

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Aproductionsystemthathasbeenfinetunedovergenerations

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Roots of the Toyota Production System

Vision & Philosophy

TheToyotaProductionSystem(TPS),whichis
steepedinthephilosophyof"thecomplete
eliminationofallwaste"imbuesallaspectsof
productioninpursuitofthemostefficientmethods,
tracingbackitsrootstoSakichiToyoda'sautomatic
loom.TheTPShasevolvedthroughmanyyearsof
trialanderrortoimproveefficiencybasedonthe
JustinTimeconceptdevelopedbyKiichiroToyoda,

Sakichi Toyoda
(1867-1930)

Guiding Principles

ToyodaPowerLoomequippedwithanew
weftbreakageautomaticstoppingdevice

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(developedin1896)
World'sfirstautomaticloomwithanonstop
shuttlechangemotion,theTypeGToyoda
AutomaticLoom(developedin1924)

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thefounder(andsecondpresident)ofToyotaMotor
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Kiichiro Toyoda
(1894-1952)

Just-in-Time

cases,extraneousprocessingstepsinothercases,

Drawingonhisexperienceofintroducinga

Jidoka

anddefectiveproductsinyetothercases.Allthese

flowproductionmethodusingachain

"waste"elementsintertwinewitheachotherto

conveyorintotheassemblylineofatextile

createmorewaste,eventuallyimpactingthe

plant(completedin1927)withamonthly

managementofthecorporationitself.

productioncapacityof300units,Kiichiro

Wastecanmanifestasexcessinventoryinsome

TheautomaticloominventedbySakichiToyodanot
onlyautomatedworkwhichusedtobeperformed
manuallybutalsobuiltthecapabilitytomake
judgmentsintothemachineitself.Byeliminating

Toyodaalsointroducedthismethodintothe
bodyproductionlineatToyotaMotorCo.,
Ltd.'sKoromoPlant(presentdayHonsha
Plant),completedin1938.

bothdefectiveproductsandtheassociatedwasteful

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practices,Sakichisucceededintremendously
improvingbothproductivityandworkefficiency.
KiichiroToyoda,whoinheritedthisphilosophy,set
outtorealizehisbeliefthat"theidealconditionsfor
makingthingsarecreatedwhenmachines,facilities,

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TypeGAutomatic

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Loomassembly

SedanModelAA

line

announcedin1936

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andpeopleworktogethertoaddvaluewithout
generatinganywaste."Heconceivedmethodologies
andtechniquesforeliminatingwastebetween

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Eiji Toyoda (1913-)

operations,betweenbothlinesandprocesses.The

Byensuringthoroughimplementationof

resultwastheJustinTimemethod.

jidokaandtheJustinTimemethod,Eiji
Toyodaincreasedworkers'productivityby

Bypracticingthephilosophiesof"Daily

addingvalueandrealizedtheToyota

Improvements"and"GoodThinking,GoodProducts,"

ProductionSystem,whichenabledToyotato

theTPShasevolvedintoaworldrenowned

competeheadonwithcompaniesinEurope

productionsystem.Furthermore,allToyota

andtheU.S.

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Employee Driving
Project

productiondivisionsaremakingimprovementstothe
TPSdayandnighttoensureitscontinuedevolution.
Recently,the"Toyotaspiritofmakingthings"is
referredtoasthe"ToyotaWay."Ithasbeenadopted
notonlybycompaniesinsideJapanandwithinthe
automotiveindustry,butinproductionactivities
worldwide,andcontinuestoevolveglobally.

Taiichi Ohno
(1912-1990)
WithstrongbackingfromEijiToyoda,
TaiichiOhnohelpedestablishtheToyota
ProductionSystem,andbuiltthefoundation
fortheToyotaspiritof"makingthings"by,
forexample,creatingthebasicframework
fortheJustinTimemethod.

Toyota's spirit of "making things" is being spread throughout the world as The Toyota Way

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