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Eliminating MUDA (Waste) --The Toyota Production System (TPS)--

The Toyota Production System (TPS) is a model of lean manufacturing not only utilized in the automobile industry, but also applied to aerospace manufacturing, food processing, R&D, health care and numerous other industries. Toyota and its suppliers have developed the concepts of TPS here in central Japan over the past 100 years and it is now also incorporated in the curriculum of industrial engineering programs around the world. The core of the Toyota Production System is to promote better products at lower cost in a timely fashion through two simple concepts, JIDOKA (intelligent automation) and Just in Time. In an age where resources are limited, yet demands for more advanced products and services continue to grow, understanding and applying TPS is a key for creating a competitive edge. This lecture will introduce you to the origins of TPS, how to build quality into the process, methods to identify and eliminate waste in production, and the spirit of continuous improvement.

Ms. Alison Teasdale has 16 years of experience in the manufacturing industry in Japan. Her career started as a plastic injection mold designer for precision parts at Sansyu Finetool in Aichi Prefecture where she acquired a love of Japanese "Monozukuri" (techniques of making things) and the pursuit of creating even better products. In 2007 she began working as a manufacturing engineer in Toyota Motor Corporation at Motomachi Plant in charge of forging, machining and assembly of chassis parts. It was here that she put Toyota Production System (TPS) practices into use on the production line and contributed to quality improvement and cost reduction for the Prius and Lexus vehicles. Since 2015 she has been working in the Toyota Operation Management Development Division which is responsible for promoting TPS within the company and to outside suppliers. In this role she has also joined forces with Toyota plants in North America and Europe to make improvements in logistics, quality and lead-time reduction. Alison is originally from Canada and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia.

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