Why Toyota Dominates (part 2)

Shigeo Shingo, Chief of Industrial Engineering (who trained the company’s industrial engineers in the time that they built the Toyota Production System), explained that the key to the success of the production system was SMED – the Single Minute Exchange of Dies – which allowed them to run many different products on the same production line, and eliminated many kinds of waste.

Company executives ascribe their success to following the 14 principles of the Toyota Way (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Toyota_Way).

Why do you suppose that these might not be compelling answers for US Auto Industry Executives?

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6 thoughts on “Why Toyota Dominates (part 2)

  1. Joe Sudderth

    It is hard to figure out how to change a die in a minute.
    “Hard, they’re doing brain surgery right down the road.”

    Joe Sudderth
    Engineering and Quality Manager
    TF Global Gasket
    A joint venture between Federal Mogul and Taiho Kogyo

  2. Thanks for the comment, Joe. Cryptic, but to the point. How did you encounter the blog – obviously I am still just beginning to put it in place, and have been hijacked by my amazement at our auto industry. I have worked with them a good deal over the last two decades, and should not be surprised, but I still am.

  3. Joe Sudderth

    I met you through Robert Wilson and Charles Follett at GMPTG several years ago. We listened to a presentation on the Master Dot Process together.
    A couple of days ago I was preparing for a interview for a job in retail distribution, anything but automotive, and wanted to sharpen up on coordination, so I googled you.
    As for the “brain surgery” comment, either you or Charles said that to me when I made a comment about how difficult was to develop a new powertrain.
    I have used that quote a few times when a problem seemed too difficult to solve.


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