The Japanese philosophy ‘Kaizen’ represents ‘a process of continuous improvement in small steps’. Many companies rely on this methodology to evolve their working processes. World-famous for this practice is car manufacturer Toyota.
The Kaizen philosophy is reflected in Toyota’s Production System (TPS), a specific production process developed by Toyota to optimise its serial production of cars. The strategy of TPS is to eliminate waste in the production process. Toyota applies a number of methods such as the synchronisation and standardisation of processes, avoiding errors, steady improvement of its production sites and consistent training of its employees.
Test track enables testing of different driving surfaces
Toyota is using think project! for the expansion of its European Technical Centre in Zaventem, Belgium, where a new 1.3 kilometre-long three-lane test track is being constructed. The track will enable testing of driving characteristics across different driving surfaces and slopes which simulate European road conditions.
Mapping of processes within the project platform
All project communications run within think project!. In the Zaventem project this includes all messages, correspondence, files and data. However, think project! is more than a tool for Toyota to share data – the company has also implemented processes such as RFIs (Requests for Information) and minutes of meetings, as well as reporting functions.