The Toyota Production System

Material Handling Best Practices, Tips, Information and More from Toyota

The Toyota Production System’s way of manufacturing, which is sometimes referred to as a "lean manufacturing" or a "Just-in-Time (JIT) system," has come to be well-known and well-studied, worldwide.

The Toyota Production System (TPS) was established based on three concepts:

1. Jidoka, which can be loosely translated as "automation with a human touch.” Jidoka means when a problem occurs, the equipment stops immediately to prevent defective products from being produced. Jidoka began with the Type-G Toyoda Automatic Weaving Loom in 1924. The Type-G would stop as soon as it detected a broken thread, which prevented defective products.WeavingLoom

2. Just-in-Time means each process produces only what is needed by the next process in a continuous flow. Parts are delivered on-time, in real-time and only the parts needed for the current task.

3. Kaizen, which can be translated into continuous improvement. Under Kaizen, Toyota continually makes improvements to production and products.

Based on the basic philosophies of Jidoka, Just-in-Time and kaizen, the TPS process can efficiently and quickly produce forklifts of sound quality, by the order, to fully satisfy customized customer requirements.

Like U.S.-built forklifts, Toyota engines, which are built in Japan, follow the same Toyota Production System concepts. Since 1956, Toyota has produced nearly 5 million industrial engines and over 15 million engines overall. The philosophy of Kaizen has influenced downsized displacement with equivalent output, higher fuel efficiency, cleaner emissions and a total reduction in engine size.

When you buy a Toyota, you are buying a product and components that were manufactured in a world-renowned system and to the highest quality standards.

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