Toyota Production System
The way Toyota Motor Corporation manufacturers vehicles is defined by the Toyota Production System (TPS). The purpose of the TPS is: “making the vehicle ordered by customers in the quickest and most efficient way, in order to deliver the vehicles as quickly as possible.” It is an internationally acclaimed Toyota manufacturing philosophy that aims to eliminate waste, while ensuring the best productivity (also referred to lean or just-in-time system).
The TPS is divided into two core concepts:
⦁ Jidoka (Japanese for “Automation with Human Touch”) is simply a method of spotting problems and taking prompt action to correct faults of any stage of the production process.
⦁ Just-in-Time means making only what is needed, when it is needed, at every stage of the production. This ensures consistent quality, no waste and a smooth production flow.
Both concepts work together in tandem like the wheels in a car bearing distinctive yet equal weight to move the production line and Toyota Motor Corporation forward into success.