At the reconstructed Toyoda Group Automotive Operations, Taiichi Ohno managed the machining operations under severe conditions of material shortages as a result of the war. Gradually he developed improved methods of supporting the assembly operations. The systems that were developed( the Toyota Production System), Ohno credited to two concepts. The first concept from Henry Ford's book Today and Tomorrow published in 1926 provided the basis of a manufacturing production system. The second concept was the supermarket operations in the United States observed during a visit in 1956. The supermarket concept provided the basis of a continuous supply of materials as the supermarket provided a continuous supply of merchandise on the store shelves.
Lean Manufacturing is the production control technique for eliminating the waste from your manufacturing. We would like not only to introduce you to the many production control techniques that have been created in Japan such as the Toyota Production System, Production Scheduling, JIT, KANBAN and 5S but also to have discussion from consultants, researchers and other experts in the field of lean manufacturing as well. Our goal is to show you how Lean Manufacturing is actually being used for real companies in practical situations to improve everyday production. Not just in Japan but around the world. So whether you’re here to share your knowledge or learn from our experience, everyone at Lean Manufacturing Japan would like to offer you a warm welcome.