Toyota Effect Short Films show how the Toyota Production System can help organizations of all kinds – like Ace Metal Crafts Co. – find better ways of doing things
In "116 Innovators," Academy-Award nominated filmmaker Steve James shares the story of how small changes to everyday operations can have a great impact on the people and business at metal fabricator and machine shop Ace Metal Crafts Company. The Illinois-based company, with 116 employees, has enjoyed a collaborative relationship with Toyota since 2011.
"They have helped us see our processes differently, and how small changes in how we manufacture a part can significantly increase throughput while maintaining quality."
Jean Pitzo, Ace Metal Crafts Company CEO
Ace Metal Crafts is known for delivering value not only through key capabilities but also through integration of proven Lean processes in a short run, high-variety environment. Leadership at the company has fostered a culture of empowerment where employees have the responsibility and authority to make improvements and do what's right for the customer, resulting in improved service, quality, speed, and total cost for customers.
"We really appreciate collaborating with such a successful manufacturer, one that embraces a philosophy of sharing what you do best. The short films that are part of the Toyota Effect provide great examples of how TPS can improve processes in various settings."
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