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When Toyota created its lean production system in the late 1950s - drawing on the thinking of Henry Ford and W. Edwards Deming - the Japanese company revolutionized auto manufacturing. Since then, lean techniques have moved far beyond the shop floor. Still, the principles of lean production remain the same: an integrated, end-to-end process viewpoint that combines the concepts of waste elimination, just-in-time inventory management, built-in quality, and worker improvement - supported by a cultural focus on problem solving and the use of tools such as koizen (continuous improvement), kanban (ongoing replenishment), poka-yoke (error proofing), SS (workplace organization), and value-stream mapping.
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