Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma Definitions

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Isao Kato

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Isao “Ike” Kato spent 35 years with Toyota Motor Corporation working in manufacturing, human resources, training and development, and supplier development before retiring in the early 1990’s.

During part of his career he was responsible for coordinating and guiding external consultant Shigeo Shingo around Toyota facilities.

During this period, he worked under the direction of another Toyota legend, Taiichi Ohno, developing training material for the Toyota Production System.

He was better known at Toyota as “the father of standardized work and kaizen courses” and the master instructor of Training Within Industry (TWI) material who introduced the “J” programs to Toyota.



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