2. Main characteristics of Lean Production Management System
3. The role of quality management in the development of the Toyota Production Management System and kaizen continuous improvement
4. Toyota and suppliers
5. Toyota’s quality problems
6. Future options
Toyota Motor Corporation is the multinational corporation based in Japan by Kiichiro Toyoda in 1937. Nowadays, Toyota has become one of the largest companies in the world, which has one of the best production systems and production philosophy. The main purpose of the company is to reduce costs and improve the productivity of the company. The company’s industry is leading by manufacturing and production, which includes just-in-time deliveries and autonomation based on Kanban system. The philosophy Toyota follows is about The Toyota Way (April, 2001) that includes challenge, Kaizen (improvement), Genchi Genbutsu (go and see), respect, and teamwork. Company tries to make continuous improvement all the time, by making innovations, such as first mass-produced hybrid gas-electric vehicles (2006-2007). Moreover, Toyota has the system that has monthly fluctuations in demand of quantities and variety. And becoming the company, that produces not only different kinds of machines but also Toyota technological institute (1981), has factories mostly in all parts of the world, including Japan, USA, Australia, Brazil, India, etc.
2 Lean Production Management System
Toyota Production Management System (TPMS hereafter) was developed by Taiichi Ohno and Eiji Toyoda between 1948 and 1975. It is one of the major production management systems, followed by the Ford’s mass production system.
The main target of TPMS is to increase profit and reduce costs through elimination of unnecessary inventory and workforce. However, this can only be possible by accomplish three main conditions: quality and quantity control...