Introduction to Japanese Style Mizenboushi Methods for Preventing Problems Before They Occur

Posted by James McLeish and William Haughey on Jul 25, 2016 10:50:27 PM

It is well known that Toyota’s undisputed leadership in automotive product and component Quality, Reliability and Durability (QRD) that is achieved in a lean, low cost manner is one of the key factors that fueled their dramatic growth in global and U.S. market share. This growth has made headline news as it has come at the expense of the U.S. auto industry, resulting in an economic meltdown that has driven many OEMs and suppliers into bankruptcy, led to government bailouts, and created record regional unemployment throughout the Midwest. As in many market segments, customers expect and demand performance, value and high QRD. If you are not meeting these customer expectations, you are at risk for losing your market.

The methods and tools of the Toyota Production System (TPS) that produced unrivaled manufacturing quality were revealed to the world in the book The Toyota Way by Professor Jeffrey Liker of the University of Michigan. Similarly, Toyota’s engineering methods were studied and documented in books such as Product Development for the Lean Enterprise – Why Toyota’s System is Four Times More Productive and How You Can Implement It by Michael Kennedy and The Toyota Product Development System by James Morgan and Jeffery Liker.

Topics: QRD, Mizenboushi approach, Toyota Production System

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How to go from Concept to Customer: Best Practices in Product Delivery

Having a comprehensive review methodology for Product Delivery Processes (PDP) is very beneficial to an engineering development activity in that it involves the entire product life cycle from product design to manufacturing to delivery. Herein, DfR has provided a guide into the various phases and steps that should be elements of such a process. Doing so will provide you with a means to evaluate your processes, determine their effectiveness and efficiency and benchmark them against current industry best practices and organizations.

DfR has prepared a step by step methodology to map out a PDP program and benchmarking analysis that will help you, the user, to ascertain these best practices with respect to your internal engineering and management operations. The defined activities may also provide insight into methodologies for reducing costs. Following the described activities in this document will result in a highly collaborative organizational efficiency for your company that will evolve as interaction progresses and recommendations for further improvements are developed.

Topics: QRD, Product Delivery Processes, Benchmarking Analysis

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