See on Scoop.it – lean manufacturing
“…Automation has long been a central tenet of lean. It is in the automation versus labor cost issue where conflict arises. Toyota spends a lot of time thinking about and working on jidoka – automation with a human touch. In a nutshell, it means investing in automation to enhance human capability, rather than replace it…”
One of the rare articles in English where Toyota’s jidoka is accurately portrayed as a complete — and effective — automation strategy, rather than reduced to the notion of machines that stop when they malfunction. As Bill recognizes, there is more to it than that.
See on www.idatix.com