Basic Stability is Basic to Lean Manufacturing Success

Art Smalley,

Taiichi Ohno and Toyota struggled mightily in the early 1950s to create and maintain basic stability. Then they got TWI.

Basic Stability applies general predictability and consistent availability in terms of the 4Ms – manpower, machines, materials and methods. Companies need to establish these basic stability elements before advancing to other aspects of Lean. The TWI programs of Job Instruction, Job Methods and Job Relations can be fundamental in creating this essential consistency.

  • Toyota’s Early Struggles
  • Lean Implementation Sequence
  • Basic Stability
  • How to Achieve Stability

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