Jun 25 2012
Toyota Production System
Jun 21 2012
TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. has been hammered by the strong yen, putting extra pressure on the automaker to stay lean and come up with new innovations to ride out the challenge, a senior executive said Thursday.
Note the statement that “…a line was extended in just 78 minutes by moving chunks of it and putting it together differently as though they were Lego parts…”
See on www.washingtonpost.com
Jun 18 2012
Another substantive contribution from Art Smalley, this time about standards.
See on theleanedge.org
Jun 1 2012
More about TPS in health care in Canada, this time about SMED applied to operating room turnarounds. This is not the first time manufacturing techniques cross over to surgery: 100 years ago, through motion studies in operating rooms, industrial engineers Frank and Lillian Gilbreth developed the method by which nurses make tools immediately available to surgeons.
“Surgeons are using Toyota management techniques to cut time between surgeries and halve overtime hours…”
See on www.thestar.com
May 17 2012
An article on how Tesla is reviving the shuttered NUMMI plant in Fremont, CA, with a production line designed by Toyota Alumnus Gilbert Passin.
See on www.bloomberg.com