Principle 2 

Connect People and Processes Through Continuous Process Flow to Bring Problems to the Surface

If some problem occurs in one-piece flow manufacturing then the whole production line stops. In this sense it is a very bad system of manufacturing. But when production stops everyone is forced to solve the problem immediately. So team members have to think, and through thinking team members grow and become better team members and people.

—Teruyuki Minoura, former President, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, North America

In the early days of Ohno’s journey toward TPS, he discovered a fundamental principle that became the backbone of the system. Flow value to each customer, ideally one by one, without stagnation! Waste gets in the way of flowing ...

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