Principle 8 

Adopt and Adapt Technology That Supports Your People and Processes

Society has reached the point where one can push a button and be immediately deluged with technical and managerial information. This is all very convenient, of course, but if one is not careful there is a danger of losing the ability to think. We must remember that in the end it is the individual human being who must solve the problems.

—Eiji Toyoda, Creativity, Challenge and Courage, Toyota Motor Corporation, 1983

In 1991, toward the end of the Japanese bubble economy, Toyota launched the Lexus LS400 with the most advanced automation in the company at its plant in Tahara, Japan. As usual, almost all the paint and welding was automated with robots, but automation ...

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