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Index

American technology catching up with the techniques, 3

production system, 1

single-skilled operator, 14

work forces, ratio between Japanese and, 3

Andon (the line stop indication board), 21, 121

Apparent increase of efficiency

See Efficiency

Assembly, final line, 5, 34, 42

Automobile industry in Japan assembly line, 49

compared with America, 3

difficulty developing the, 84

history of, 76

manufacturing, major problem in, 81

number of processes involved, 4

production flow, 5

Autonomation, 68, 4546

See also Toyota production system

definition of, 6, 121

dual role of, 8

equipment improvement, 67

extraordinary character of, 7778

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