Toyota Production System
Definition: the Toyota Production System is an integrated socio-technical system, developed by Toyota Motor Corporation, which comprises its management philosophy and practices.
The main objectives of TPS are to design out overburden (muri) and inconsistency (mura), and to eliminate the seven wastes (muda).
TPS organizes manufacturing and logistics for the automobile manufacturer, including interaction with suppliers and customers. TPS was developed by Taiichi Ohno, Shigeo Shingo and Eiji Toyoda between 1948 and 1975 and should be regarded a major precursor of both just-in-time and lean manufacturing.
The principles underlying the TPS are called 'The Toyota Way'.
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