TPS is based on two concepts: jidoka and just-in-time. Jidoka, a Japanese term that can be translated as “automation with a human touch” is a method for quickly identifying and correcting any issues that could lead to faulty production. Just-in-time is about refining and co-ordinating each production process so that it only produces what is required by the next process in the sequence.
By applying these concepts, we are able to produce vehicles quickly and efficiently, every one meeting our high quality standards and our customers’ individual requirements.
TPS was developed during the second half of the 20th century and has benefited from many years of continuous improvement to increase our production speed and efficiency. Others have recognised its value too. Our system has been studied, adapted and put to use worldwide, not just by manufacturers, but by all types of businesses that want to make their performance more efficient.