From the Chairman John Lucey

Lucey, John
December 2003
Management Services;Dec2003, Vol. 47 Issue 12, p32
Academic Journal
The article presents information on Lean Manufacturing and Lean Thinking and the Toyota Production System. A central theme in Lean Thinking is the elimination of all waste. It could be argued that F.W. Taylor was the father of Lean Manufacturing. He argued against the waste of human effort, and sought to gather in the great mass of traditional knowledge which in the past has been in the heads of the workmen. The Toyota Production System evolved from the historic manufacturing system developed by Henry Ford. Three men figured especially prominently in creating the Toyota Production System: Sakichi Toyoda: his son, Kiichiro Toyoda; and a production engineer by the name of Taiichi Ohno. The man who did the most to structure the Toyota Production System as an integrated framework was Taiichi Ohno. Ohno developed a number of tools for operating his production format in a systematic framework. The best known of these is the kanban system, which provides for conveying information in and between processes on instruction cards.


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