“Automation with a human touch” is a pillar of the Toyota Production System and a strong aspect of Lean manufacturing systems. In this video, Steven describes how jidoka and quality-at-the-source are used in today’s Lean organizations.
- Henry Ford once said…that quality means doing it right when no one is looking.…I can't think of a better description…for the lean concept of jidoka.…Jidoka means automation with a human touch…and it is a pillar of the Toyota production system.…As the definition suggests,…the concept covers both the machine aspect…and the human aspect of quality.…The premise is that when an abnormal situation occurs,…work immediately stops.…
Let's talk about the machine aspect of jidoka first.…Jidoka goes back to the early 1900s.…Sakichi Toyota, the founder of the Toyota Group,…invented a textile loom that would automatically stop…when a thread broke.…A loom is a machine that weaves thread…into material to make clothing,…a key part of a textile factory.…Previously, when a thread broke,…the machine kept running until an operator intervened.…Any material produced up to that point was defective,…so each machine required a very attentive operator.…
Toyota's automatic loom gave the machine the ability…to sense an abnormal condition and immediately shut down.…
Lean concepts have been successfully applied to every aspect of doing business. In this course, learn the principles of lean and how they are used in processes, production, and services. Instructor Steven Brown also explains how lean thinking impacts the organization, from the overall business culture to day-to-day work activities.
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- Cite the focus of a lean strategy.
- Explain what a “rule of complexity” is.
- Name the three key measures of inventory.
- List the 5S tools.
- Define a lean transportation system.
- Describe the characteristics of a lean purchasing organization.
- Identify the characteristics of a lean company.