General Motors with Lean Manufacturing

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General Motors with
Lean Manufacturing

An Introduction of GM Global Manufacturing System

Operations Management Team Project

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Division of Business Administration, Hanyang Univ. ERICA
Ansan, December 2012


Part 1.Overview of General Motors 2
1.1 Why General Motors? 2
1.2 Introduction of General Motors 3
1.3 Basic Information 3
1.4 History of GM 4
1.5 GM's family 4 Part 2.Introduction of Lean Manufacturing 4
2.1 Definition 5
2.2 Lean and TPS 5
2.3 Theme: Efficiency 6 Part 3.GM’s Global Manufacturing System 6
3.1 Application of Lean Manufacturing 6
3.2 In-Progress Control and Verification
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Lean manufacturing is a management philosophy derived mostly from the Toyota Production System (TPS) (hence the term Toyotism is also prevalent) and identified as "Lean" only in the 1990s. TPS is renowned for its focus on reduction of the original Toyota seven wastes to improve overall customer value, but there are varying perspectives on how this is best achieved. The steady growth of Toyota, from a small company to the world's largest automaker, has focused attention on how it has achieved this success.

2.2 Lean and TPS
Lean is a management philosophy developed from the Toyota Production System (TPS) and identified as Lean in the 1990s.
The Toyota Production System (TPS) is an integrated socio-technical system, developed by Toyota, that comprises its management philosophy and practices. The TPS organizes manufacturing and logistics for the automobile manufacturer, including interaction with suppliers and customers. The system is a major precursor of the more generic "lean manufacturing." Taiichi Ohno, Shigeo Shingo and Eiji Toyoda developed the system between 1948 and 1975.
Originally called "just-in-time production," it builds on the approach created by the founder of Toyota, Sakichi Toyoda, his son Kiichiro Toyoda, and the engineer Taiichi Ohno. The principles underlying the TPS are embodied in The Toyota Way.
TPS focuses on reduction of the original Toyota seven wastes to improve overall customer value. But there are varying perspectives on how this is best


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