4 Strategies for Making Materials Flow

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4 strategies for making materials flow

There is a little secret related to the Toyota Production System. Only after his retirement did Taiichi Ohno finally confess that much of what he shared with the West about the TPS was intentionally misleading. He was concerned that US and European companies would compete too strongly with Japanese companies by adapting TPS methods, and so he led them off-course by emphasizing elimination of waste as the key TPS focus. We still hear this today: “Lean is all about eliminating waste, and Six Sigma is all about improving quality”. But that’s not the full story.

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