Archive for Toyota

A Q&A with Toyota’s Ryan McMullan

“‘I’ve noticed in my time at Toyota that the environmental lens is a way of focusing problem solving,’ says Ryan McMullan, environmental and safety manager for Toyota. Back in the 1950s, when Toyota put forward the idea of continuous improvement, eliminating various kinds of waste from production became an important step in the process. Now that step includes identifying wasted resources such as water, fuel, and materials. ‘The approach Toyota took allowed environmental and financial success to go hand in hand,’ McMullan says.” To read this whole post by Alyssa Danigelis in Environmental Leader, press here.

Sakichi Toyoda

On this week’s show, Paul Akers shares the story of Sakichi Toyoda, often referred to as the father of the Japanese industrial revolution, and the founder of Toyota Industries.

BI Group Japan Trip Overview

Paul Akers and the Leadership Team from the BI Group travel to Japan to further their education on Lean and here is a overview of the entire visit.

Ritsuo Shingo Upstream Quality

Paul Akers and the Leadership Team from the BI Group travel to Japan to further their education on Lean. Do you regularly check your suppliers’ quality?

Ritsuo Shingo

Paul Akers and the Leadership Team from the BI Group travel to Japan to further their education on Lean. Do you regularly spend time on the shop floor?

The Dojo Inspection

Paul Akers and the Leadership Team from the BI Group travel to Japan to further their education on Lean. Is your goal zero inspections?

The Dojo Jidoka

Paul Akers and the Leadership Team from the BI Group travel to Japan to further their education on Lean. Do you know Jidoka: automation with the human touch.

The Dojo Kanban

Paul Akers and the Leadership Team from the BI Group travel to Japan to further their education on Lean. Do you take Kanbans seriously?

The Dojo Process

Paul Akers and the Leadership Team from the BI Group travel to Japan to further their education on Lean. Do you regularly evaluate value added v. non-value added activities?

1 Step 1 Second 1 Yen

Paul Akers and the Leadership Team from the BI Group travel to Japan to further their education on Lean. Are you saving every dollar that you can?