Feb 21 2018
Continued Evolution of the Toyota Assembly Line | Christoph Roser | AllAboutLean
“Toyota is one of the most visionary car makers with respect to its manufacturing. They continuously and radically evolve and update their production system. Recently I learned about their new “flexible assembly line.” Now, you’ve probably heard about Toyota’s flexible assembly lines producing multiple products on the same line. That is old hat; they’ve done that for thirty years. Their new flexible assembly line involves a completely different aspect of flexibility, with which Toyota surprised me (again). Let me show you …”
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Michel Baudin‘s comments: A must-read post by Christoph Roser for anyone who wants to keep up with new developments in the Toyota Production System.
Apr 30 2020
The Impact Of Social Distancing On Assembly Operations | John Shook | LEI
“Problems and Countermeasures at GE Appliances and Herman Miller:
Michel Baudin‘s comments: John Shook’s writings are usually more polished. This one feels like notes from conversations with managers from GE Appliances (GEA) and Herman-Miller (HM). It goes straight into the heart of the matter with no lead or introduction and with acronyms that are not defined but easy to decypher, like “TT” for Takt Time. This tone actually infuses the article with a sense of urgency. It reads like an unvarnished look at what is actually happening and it contains many informative photographs of the shop floors.
For each problem, GEA and HM give pointers on making assembly work safe from COVID-19 but I have a few questions the article does not address:
#socialdistancing, #assembly, #leanmanufacturing, #covid19
By Michel Baudin • Blog clippings • 1 • Tags: Assembly, COVID-19, Lean manufacturing, Social distancing