Toyota Production System

Book description

In this classic text, Taiichi Ohno--inventor of the Toyota Production System and Lean manufacturing--shares the genius that sets him apart as one of the most disciplined and creative thinkers of our time. Combining his candid insights with a rigorous analysis of Toyota's attempts at Lean production, Ohno's book explains how Lean principles can improve any production endeavor. A historical and philosophical description of just-in-time and Lean manufacturing, this work is a must read for all students of human progress. On a more practical level, it continues to provide inspiration and instruction for those seeking to improve efficiency through the elimination of waste.

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Table of Contents
  6. Publisher’s Foreword
  7. Preface to the English Edition
  8. A Comment on This Book
  9. A Note on Japanese Names
  10. 1 Starting from Need
    1. The Oil Crisis Opened Our Eyes
    2. Slow Growth Is Scary
    3. “Catch Up with America”
    4. Just-In-Time
    5. Using a Common-Sense Idea
    6. Give the Machine Intelligence
    7. The Power of Individual Skill and Teamwork
    8. Cost Reduction Is the Goal
    9. The Illusion of Japanese Industry
    10. Establishing a Production Flow
    11. Production Leveling
    12. In the Beginning, There Was Need
    13. A Revolution in Consciousness Is Indispensable
  11. 2 Evolution of the Toyota Production System
    1. Repeating Why Five Times
    2. Complete Analysis of Waste
    3. My Plant-First Principle
    4. Writing the Standard Work Sheet Yourself
    5. Teamwork Is Everything
    6. The Skill of Passing the Baton
    7. An Idea from the U.S. Supermarket
    8. What Is Kanban?
    9. Incorrect Use Causes Problems
    10. The Talent and Courage to Rethink What We Call Common Sense
    11. Establishing the Flow Is the Basic Condition
    12. Use Your Authority to Encourage Them
    13. Mountains Should Be Low and Valleys Should Be Shallow
    14. Challenge to Production Leveling
    15. Production Leveling and Market Diversification
    16. Kanban Accelerates Improvements
    17. Carrying Carts as Kanban
    18. The Elastic Nature of Kanban
  12. 3 Further Development
    1. An Autonomic Nervous System in the Business Organization
    2. Provide Necessary Information When Needed
    3. The Toyota-Style Information System
    4. Fine Adjustment
    5. Coping with Changes
    6. What Is True Economy?
    7. Re-Examining the Wrongs of Waste
    8. Generate Excess Capacity
    9. The Significance of Understanding
    10. Utilizing the Full Work System
    11. Do Not Make a False Show
    12. Required Numbers Are All-Important
    13. The Tortoise and the Hare
    14. Take Good Care of Old Equipment
    15. Look Straight at the Reality
    16. 0.1 Worker Is Still One Worker
    17. Management by Ninjutsu
    18. In an Art Form, Action Is Required
    19. Advocating Profit-Making Industrial Engineering
    20. Surviving the Slow-Growth Economy
  13. 4 Genealogy of the Toyota Production System
    1. A Global World Around Us
    2. Two Extraordinary Characters
    3. Learning from the Unyielding Spirit
    4. Toyotaism with a Scientific and Rational Nature
    5. Provide Good Equipment Even If the Factory Is Simple
    6. Pursuit of a Japanese-Style Production Technique
    7. Making Products That Have Value
    8. A Chessplayer’s View
    9. In Search of Something Japanese
    10. Witnessing a Dialectic Evolution
  14. 5 The True Intention of the Ford System
    1. The Ford System and the Toyota System
    2. Small Lot Sizes and Quick Setup
    3. The Foresight of Henry Ford
    4. Standards Are Something to Set Up Yourself
    5. Prevention Is Better than Healing
    6. Is There a Ford after Ford?
    7. Inverse Conception and Business Spirit
    8. Getting Away from Quantity and Speed
  15. 6 Surviving the Low-Growth Period
    1. The System Raised in the High-Growth Period
    2. Raising Productivity During Low Growth
    3. Learning from the Flexibility of Ancient People
  16. Postscript to the Original Japanese Edition
  17. Glossary of Major Terms
  18. Editor’s Notes
  19. About the Author
  20. Index

Product information

  • Title: Toyota Production System
  • Author(s): Taiichi Ohno
  • Release date: December 2019
  • Publisher(s): Productivity Press
  • ISBN: 9781000056488