Toyota Motors: The King of Total Quality Management

Total Quality Management (TQM) would not be what it is today without Toyota Motors.

Renowned for its lean production system, Toyota Motors is the tenth most important company in the world according to Fortune Global 500 and one of the only companies on the list to directly address TQM.

Graphs, extensive timelines and reports line the company’s website to address the evolution of TQM and Quality Control (QC) throughout its 75-year history. Continue reading

Lean Manufacturing in a nutshell

What is it?

Lean manufacturing is a system that is focused on creating value for the customer by providing high quality products with zero defects.

Managers encourage and empower employees to eliminate waste, seek better solutions and solve problems on their own.

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Toyota Production System (TPS)

Toyota Motors has a world-wide reputation for efficient and lean manufacturing, called TPS (Toyota Production System).

This video, produced by Toyota Europe, explains the history of TPS as well as its significance today.  Continue reading

The Toyota Way: Interview with Quality Engineer

In an interview with a former quality engineer from Toyota in Kentucky, U.S., we hear how Toyota’s management principles come to life everyday at the factory.

Some of the most engrained techniques he mentions include: kaizen meaning continuous improvement, sensei which is the Japanese word for mentor, 5s and A3 reporting.

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Think lean, like Toyota: A3, PDCA & Problem-Solving

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Owing its name to the size of paper, A3 thinking is used to make a report in just one sheet of paper.

Founded by Toyota Motor’s lean manufacturing philosophy, which is known for trimming off excess waste and continuously improving, A3 Thinking is a highly acclaimed tool throughout businesses, quality institutes and academia worldwide. Continue reading