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Week 10 Toyota Production Team Assignment
Group Week 10
Team Assignment (W10TA): Planning Production for Toyota North America
Lexus RX 350, Successor in 2007 to the RX 330
Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Company
Address the following four exercises:
Exercise 1: Making a Critical Assessment of the Toyota Production System (TPS) Today a. Demonstrate your team's basic understanding of the TPS by 1)defining in your team's own words any eight of the terms found athttp://www.toyotageorgetown.com/terms.asp, and 2) applying them to one or more of your team's own companies or other organizations. For example, Pokayoke can be defined as an approach to create mistake proofing through use of devices that detect or prevent production errors. At a software development firm, pokayoke might be applied through use of a modular development process that includes extensive software module testing before proceeding to module integration and total system testing. b. Describe the TPS as a total entity. What are its purposes? Its advantages? Its limitations? How is it now evolving? Is it getting better – or not? Has it been successfully copied by other motor vehicle manufacturers? Why or why not?
Exercise 2: Use of a Grid Analysis (Weighted Scoring Model) to Help Make the North American Plant Location Decision for the RX 330 This exercise illustrates how when deciding among two or more competing plant location options, various decision factors (which can typically be characterized as exogenous - in a company’s external environment - or endogenous - internal to the company) can be qualitatively identified, and how these factors can then be weighted to obtain an overall score for each competing location option. a. List the factors your team considers key to the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC): The...
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