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'Gods' Make Comeback at Toyota as Humans Steal Jobs From Robots | Bloomberg

'Gods' Make Comeback at Toyota as Humans Steal Jobs From Robots | Bloomberg | lean manufacturing | Scoop.it
Inside Toyota Motor Corp.’s oldest plant, there’s a corner where humans have taken over from robots in thwacking glowing lumps of metal into crankshafts. This is Mitsuru Kawai’s vision of the future.
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According to the article, Toyota's management feels that maintaining the know-how to make parts manually is essential to be able to improve automated processes. 

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Toyota's history rests on key textile invention | Long Island Newsday

Toyota's history rests on key textile invention | Long Island Newsday | lean manufacturing | Scoop.it

It was a single thread that gave a man a dream, created a little history and displayed the talents of a remarkable mind and a family with resourcefulness in its genes.

Sakichi Toyoda wasn't all that interested in fast-moving machinery, just machines in motion. It's how the Toyota Production System began. It's how an inventor with a sharp eye and even sharper mind built an empire...



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A summary of Toyota history with the usual omissions:

 

1. Automatic shuttle change. The ability to stop when thread broke was not the only innovation of Toyoda looms. Automatic shuttle change was equally important, not just to looms but as a forerunner of autonomation, the Toyota approach to automation.

 

2. The German connection. Toyota learned much about car technology from Germany through Kazuo Kumabe and his research team, in particular reverse-engineering a 1936 DKW. The concept of Takt also came from the German Junkers company via the Mitsubishi Aircraft plant in Nagoya.

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