Toyota Production System (TPS) is a manufacturing and management system developed by the automotive company Toyota, which is still considered one of the most successful production approaches in the world.
Toyota Production System (TPS) is a manufacturing and management system developed by the automotive company Toyota. It is considered one of the most successful production approaches in the world. TPS is also known as Lean Manufacturing or Just-in-Time production.
In Japan, in the 1950s and 1960s, the Toyota Production System (TPS) was developed. This system is based on the principles of minimizing waste and inefficiency in production, increasing productivity, and improving quality.
The main characteristics of the Toyota Production System are:
- Just-in-Time (JIT): TPS minimizes inventory, synchronizes production with customer demand and reduces storage costs.
- Poka-Yoke (Error-Proofing): TPS minimizes errors by designing processes and creates error-free workstations.
- Jidoka (Autonomation): TPS automates production processes and allows work to be stopped in case of problems.
- Kanban System: TPS uses a Kanban system to visually control the flow of materials.
- Kaizen (Continuous Improvement): TPS promotes a culture of continuous improvement and employee involvement in the innovation process.
TPS is considered one of the key foundations for the success of Toyota. Its principles have also been applied in other industries and organizations as Lean Management. The goal was to increase efficiency, productivity, and quality in both manufacturing and services.