Nagoya, May 20, 2014
Hello every body,
Today, my third day with the Shingo Institute in Japan, we start the day at 8:00 am with three visits in our agenda:
- Visit of the Tsutsumi plant in Toyota City that manufactures, among other hybrid Prius cars
- Visit of the Toyota museum in Toyota city
- Visit of the Avex plant, tier 2 supplier of Toyota and manufacturer of parts for automatic transmissions
(Left photo: the Toyota Partner Robot welcomes us at the entrance to the Museum by playing an air trumpet jazz)
(Left photo: the Toyota slogan « good thinking, good products » for quality and efficiency)
(Left photo: a model simulating the assembly line of Toyota Prius and a panel of signals called « Andon » in the Tsutsumi plant in Toyota-city)
What I learned today: a lot, I saw the Toyota Production System in application with the « Jidoka » and « Just in time » with a production line of Prius cars set to a Takt time of 83 seconds so all the workstations have 83 seconds to complete their tasks on a passing car on a conveyor (like a trademill).
And then the focus on the human aspect everywhere: for example, in AVEX, one of their three management principles is « Kindness » with the application of « teamwork » and also « do what you decided « . Very impressive.
Talk to you soon