An accomplished leader of operations in the industrial engineering sector, Carolyn Seale lives in Cleveland, Tennessee, and works for Denso Manufacturing in nearby Athens. As a manager with Denso, Carolyn Seale oversees manufacturing with a focus on the principles of the Toyota Production System.
A widely studied and respected example of a lean manufacturing system, the Toyota Production System (TPS) strives for "the complete elimination of all waste" by fine-tuning all facets of the production process for maximum efficiency. TPS is rooted in two fundamental concepts: jidoka and Just-in-Time (JIT).
Loosely translated as "automation with a human touch," jidoka combines the best of modern technology and mechanized equipment with close human supervision and manual intervention. In short, jidoka involves the immediate shutdown of affected lines when problems arise, therefore limiting the number of defective products manufactured.
JIT philosophies revolve around the idea that each step in the manufacturing process should create only what is needed for the next step. For example, the component parts-making step of the car-building process must produce everything needed for the assembly line without wasting a single part.