Toyota production system - one example to shipbuilding industry

  • Moura D
  • Botter R
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The shipbuilding system can use the techniques used in the Toyota Production System as an example for its production process. Production should be lean, minimize defects, stop production and reduce or eliminate inventories. Lean production is regarded by many as simply an enhancement of mass production methods, whereas agility implies breaking out of the mass production mould and producing much more highly customized products - where the customer wants them in any quantity. In a product line context, it amounts to striving for economies of scope, rather than economies of scale ideally serving ever smaller niche markets, even quantities of one, without the high cost traditionally associated with customization. A lean company may be thought of as a very productive and cost efficient producer of goods or services.




Moura, D. A. de, & Botter, R. C. (2017). Toyota production system - one example to shipbuilding industry. Independent Journal of Management & Production, 8(3), 874.

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