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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Toyota Retires the Andon Cord!

Toyota has recently announced that they have retired the andon cord, a tool essential to Toyota's concept of built-in quality.

The abolishment of the andon cord is a major shock because it has been coveted in North America as the ultimate symbol of true lean. A symbol of lean's capacity to empower employees to shamelessly ask for help, to prevent mistakes from being incorporated into the final product, to ensure the final product is immaculately pristine when it reaches the hands of the customer.

Yes. Toyota has abandoned the andon cord. Well, actually Toyota has kaizened the andon cord, opting for a wireless button. Ever true to lean, Toyota has upgraded to the wireless andon button to increase workplace safety and convenience.

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