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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent explanation of principles of Just In Time Mfg.,
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This review is from: Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale Production (Hardcover)Mr. Ohno is the father of Toyota's just in time production system, also called lean manufacturing, though it is more than just that. The book gives an excellent primer on the basic principles of JIT, work-flow, leveling, waste minimization, etc. He also covers the history and application of these philosophies at Toyota. The book is a surprisingly good read, and Mr. Ohno's dynamic and engaging personality shows through. A must read for MBA students, persons in manufacturing or occupations where time is money.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars The real guts of the Toyota Production System,
This review is from: Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale Production (Hardcover)This book gives some real insight into the how the "Toyota Production System" actually gets results -- not the mess you hear consultants preaching about on every street corner.
I think that to understand the "Toyota Production System," you need to understand that these guys were only trying to eliminate waste. 5-S, Kanban, Kaizen, Lean, Poka-yoke, SMED, and 1-piece flow were solutions to problems that they encountered when trying to get rid of the waste.
This is why the Consultant's shiny new silver bullet doesn't work for many companies -- they just don't get it. The solutions listed above are ways to solve specific problems such as inventory losses, bad quality, long wait times, production bottle necks, etc.... They aren't really "Methods" in themselves to analyze a problem.... just the solutions they found effective.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult material covered simply,
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This review is from: Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale Production (Hardcover)This is a short book and as such gets to the point. Explains difficult concepts in a simple way. This book explains how JIT, Kanban, Zero Defects came about. Also shows what is missing from American JIT and that is production leveling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn what of Lean applies to your business
Ohno explains the evolution of the Toyota Production System in such a way that the reader can see which of its tenets apply to their particular situation. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good presentation of lean manufacturing
An excellent overview of the main concepts of lean manufacturing: finding waste, JIT, kanban, production leveling, flow, automation with a human touch, reduced set-up times, the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Renaud ANJORAN
4.0 out of 5 stars A good history book if you are interested in the subject
This won't take the place of more how-to types of book on the subject, but it is good as historical context to understand where the tools came from. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Professor John
5.0 out of 5 stars Far 'beyond large-scale production'
The book is a first hand account of how Toyota Motor Company started after WW2 to become the leading manufacturer in the world. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mikkel S. Christiansen
5.0 out of 5 stars THE TPS BOOK
A book by the man who developed the system. This and Workplace Management are a must have, for the person who wants to learn TPS. You won't find a recipe for TPS in this book. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Tony Polidori
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely relevant for our times, maybe "too japanese" for some
"Consider the waste of overproduction, for example. It is not an exaggeration to say that in a low-growth period such waste is a crime against society more than a business loss... Read more
Published 23 months ago by M. Velazquez
5.0 out of 5 stars Its the starting point that matters
This is a must read for any serious Lean Thinker. A great insight into the formation of the Toyota production system with historical and social context. Read more
Published on January 11, 2009 by Stephen Parry
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I expected
This was a good read with a lot of interesting history on the Toyota Production System but its just that. Read more
Published on December 16, 2008 by D. N. Bensman
5.0 out of 5 stars Toyota Production System
Written in 1978, this book is starting to show its age in small details. On the other hand, it is the first book even written on what we now call Lean Management. Read more
Published on December 16, 2008 by Paulo Manuel Santos
5.0 out of 5 stars Toyota Production System by Taiichi Ohno.
I was going to give this book four stars, but I was going to be unfair with it. This is not a guide to create a lean enterprise, it was not meant to be one and I was going to... Read more
Published on September 30, 2008 by R. Morel
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