Plenary Lecture

The Strategic Development of Advanced TPS Based on the New Manufacturing Theory

Professor Kakuro Amasaka
Graduate School of Science and Engineering
Aoyama Gakuin University
E-mail: kakuro_amasaka@ise.aoyama.ac.jp

Abstract: The Toyota Production System (TPS) exemplifies Japanese manufacturing though it has been further developed and spread in the form of internationally shared global production systems, including Just-in-Time (JIT). TPS is no longer a proprietary technology of Japan. This studyfocuses on the strategic development of Advanced TPS based on the new manufacturing theorythrough New JIT, a new management technology principlethat surpasses conventional JIT practices. Specifically, the authors have developed the New Japan Global Production Model “NJ-GPM”, a system designedto achieve worldwide uniform quality and production at optimal locations – the keys to successful global production. The effectiveness of NJ-GPM is demonstrated at Toyota, a leading international corporation.

Brief Biography of the Speaker: Dr. Amasaka became a professor of the School of Science and Engineering, and the Graduate School of Science and Engineering at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan in April 2000. His specialties include: production engineering (Just in Time, JIT and Toyota Production System, TPS), multivariate statistical analysis and, reliability engineering.. Recent research conducted includes: “Science SQC, new quality control principle”, "Science TQM, new quality management principle”, "New JIT, new management technology principle”, “Customer Science”, “Kansei Engineering” and numerical simulation (Computer Aided Engineering, CAE).
Positions in academic society and important posts:He is the author of a number of papers on strategic total quality management, as well as the convener of JSQC, JOMSA, and other publications (e.g. POMS in USA and EurOMA in Europe). He has been serving as the vice chairman of JSPM (2003-2007) and JOMSA (2008-2010), the director of JSQC (2001-2003), and the commissioner of the Deming Prize judging committee (2002-present).Now, he is inaugurated as the vice chairman (2009-2010) and the chairman of JOMSA (2011-present).
Patents and prizes: He acquired 72 patents concerned with quality control systems, production systems, and production engineering and measurement technology. He is a recipient of the Aichi Invention Encouragement Prize (1991), Nikkei Quality Control Literature Prizes (1992, 2000, 2001 and 2010), Quality Technological Prizes (JSQC, 1993 and 1999), SQC Prize (JUSE, Union of Japanese Scientists and Engineers, 1976) and Kansei Engineering Society Publishing Prize (2002).

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