Monthly Archives: May 2013

The Toyota Production System: Rule 4 – All or None


By Chuck Gault, Max Coating President

From the previous post, The Toyota Production System – Why is it so hard to implement, we discussed how it was easy to get caught up in the tools of the system. For Max Coating, we realized we had the tools. What we also realized was that we were missing the rules of the Toyota Production System. The rules go a little something like this:

Rule 1:  All work shall be highly specified and standardized.

Rule 2:  Every connection must be direct, and there must be an easy yes-or-no way to communicate.

Rule 3:  The pathways in the plant (and supply chain) must be simple and direct.

Rule 4:  Any improvement must be made in accordance with the scientific method, under the guidance of a teacher, at the lowest possible level in the organization.

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The Toyota Production System – Why is it so hard to implement?

By Chuck Gault, Max Coating President

For over six decades the Toyota Production System (TPS) has been marveled at by the outside world as the best way to produce products in an efficient manner.  Honda, Mercedes, BMW, John Deere, and pretty much every other significant OEM have their own system, but it is hard for even them to argue that their systems are not largely based on TPS.  It is the global standard in manufacturing.

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