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Toyota Principles Can Work for You

Cut Costs and Improve Efficiency

Want to do more with your existing resources? Tired of the same problems happening over and over? The same principles used in the world-renowned Toyota production system can make your business more efficient and successful.

Toyota Lean Management (TLM) has a low cost of implementation and is proven to dramatically increase profitability. Amazon, McDonald’s, Virginia Mason Medical Center and dozens of leading manufacturers use TLM to:

  • Fix InefficienciesTLM cleaning station
  • Prevent Defects and Waste
  • Boost Profitability

Toyota's system of lean management can work for you
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What is Toyota Lean Management?

A Proven Method

With Exceptional Results

Through standardized processes, unified objective-setting, visual management and continuous improvement, TLM will set your company on a path to:

  • Improved Quality
  • Shorter Cycle Times
  • Higher Throughput
  • Faster Delivery Times
  • Enhanced Efficiency
  • Continuous Improvement

Cut Costs

By Eliminating Waste

Eliminating wasteful activities is a cornerstone of TLM. “Waste” can be moving something more than necessary or processes that cause defects. Waste also includes:

  • Underutilized Skills
  • Unclear Forecasting
  • Waiting
  • Disorganization
  • Overproduction
  • Unnecessary Reports

Sustained Success

Through Cooperation

When employees think they should never stop the line, problems get passed on and become defects. The TLM process creates a culture where employees are empowered to:

  • Identify Problems 
  • Create Solutions
  • Eliminate Waste
  • Work Cooperatively 
  • Optimize Workflow
  • Think Proactively

The Proven Way to Get Lean

Many operations think lean management means reducing headcount and using cheaper materials. This isn't the Toyota way. The Toyota production system focuses on improving efficiency and quality by eliminating wasteful activities.

Here’s an example from a lean manufacturing client: company data shows the maximum number of widgets a worker can use per shift is 10. Therefore, a box of widgets must always have a minimum of 10 widgets and a maximum of 30. Anyone who takes the 10th widget is responsible for replenishing the box before the end of their shift. This simple rule ensures that the box is never empty nor overflowing.

Simple, right? Tiny changes like these add up to a monumentally more efficient operation. More importantly, the process of developing solutions cultivates a collaborative mindset that makes other initiatives more successful.

It all starts with the “5S” process....



Items that aren’t used regularly (tools, reports, etc.) hinder productivity. Clients are often surprised by how much can be removed.

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Standardized processes improve safety and efficiency and allow you to quickly identify and fix issues that lead to defects or wasted time.



Organize for optimal efficiency. Consider the flow of the workspace and everyone who uses it. What items get used most and when?

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Establish a culture of continuous improvement (kaizen). Evaluate and evolve processes to achieve even greater efficiency.

Everything in its place


In an organized environment, problems and abnormalities stand out. Empower team members to identify and fix inconsistencies.

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Choose a work area. Remove unnecessary items and standardize processes. Evaluate and refine.

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