What Are the Toyota Production Systems? – Lean Six Sigma Executive Briefing in Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra

Most Lean Six Sigma training courses will use the Toyota example to explain these 5 key principles of this manufacturing process, so we’ve broken them down for you here to use a review.

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The Toyota Production System (TPS) is a mindset and management system that embraces continuous improvement. TPS organises manufacturing and logistics, including interaction with suppliers and customers.  Originally called “Just in Time Production,” it builds on the approach created by the founders of Toyota.

TPS revolves around 5 simple steps:

  1. Define Value of your product > Make it according to Customer needs and Customer Defined
  2. Identify Value Stream of your product > Follow the product and identify unnecessary actions
  3. Study the Flow your product > Eliminate All Waste
  4. Make only what the customer orders > Produce Just In Time for Demand
  5. Strive for Perfection > Continuous Improvement. Good enough is never enough.

The Toyota Precepts

The five methods defined by Toyota in their Lean Six Sigma program contain some basic principles:

1.       CHALLENGE: Form a long-term vision, meeting challenge with courage and creativity to realise your dreams.

  • Create Value through Manufacturing and Delivery of Products and Services
  • Nurture a spirit of Challenge
  • Always have a Long Range Perspective
  • Thorough Consideration in Decision Making

2.       KAIZEN: Improve your business operations continuously, always driving for innovation and evolution.

  • Have a Kaizen Mind and Innovative Thinking (See later this module)
  • Build Lean Systems and Structure
  • Promote Organisational Thinking

3.       GENCHI GENBUTSU (Go and see): Go to the source to find the facts to make correct decisions, build consensus, and achieve goals at our best speed.

  • Genchi Genbutsu (Go and See)
  • Lead with Consensus Building
  • Create Commitment to Achievement

4.       RESPECT: Respect others, make every effort to understand each other, take responsibility and do your best to build mutual trust.

  • Respect for Stakeholders and community
  • Develop Mutual Trust and Mutual Responsibility
  • Be Sincere, transparent and open in all Communication

5.       TEAMWORK: Stimulate personal and professional growth, share the opportunities of development, and maximise individual and team performance.

  • Have Commitment to Education and Development
  • Have Respect for the Individual; Realising Consolidated Power as a Team


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