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Waste-Free Manufacturing–Changing the Rules

TODAY, THERE IS A SET of new manufacturing principles that are key to eliminating wastes and achieving and maintaining global manufacturing competitiveness. Toyota, seen as the father of these manufacturing principles, adheres to three key principles, which serve as the foundation for its Toyota Production System (TPS). These are:

1.  Takt time

2.  One-piece flow

3.  Pull production

Waste-free manufacturing (WFM) uses four principles or what I refer to as drivers to help companies become world class manufacturers in a very rapid manner. But before outlining these I want to make a flat statement that may astound many who are currently working in the field:

Although the principles of the TPS ...

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