A Team Effort of Individual Responsibility
The Toyota Production System empowers every associate to optimize quality by constantly improving processes and eliminating unnecessary waste. On the manufacturing line, every associate has the power and the responsibility to stop the line if a flaw is detected. This limits the opportunity for flawed products to make it through the line and significantly cuts down re-work, thus eliminating unnecessary waste. The Toyota Production System influences every aspect of Toyota’s organization and includes a common set of values, knowledge and procedures. It entrusts employees with well-defined responsibilities in each production step and encourages every team member to strive for overall improvement.
The Toyota Production System consists of several different parts, including:
- Just-In-Time Production: when a process produces only what is needed by the next process in a continuous flow. Parts are delivered on-time and in real-time and only the parts needed for the current task.
- Jidoka: “automation with a human touch” Jidoka means when a problem occurs, the equipment stops immediately to prevent defective products from being produced.
- Kaizen: the idea of continuous improvement, all employees throughout the organization are looking for way to improve.
- Monozukuri: having the spirit to produce excellent products and the ability to constantly improve system and process.