Thanks to Dr Shigeo Shingo

January 26, 2017

As a young engineer, I started my career in production engineering, and was introduced to the works of Shigeo Shingo.

I was soon hooked by his books on the Toyota Production System, Just-in-Time Manufacturing (JIT), Poka-Yoke (mistake proofing), SMEDMuda (waste) and much more.

Through his books, I read about the improvements developed and introduced at Toyota by Taiichi Ohno (considered the father of the Toyota Production System); and I was inspired to work in Japan and learn more.

Many years later, these ‘lean‘ lessons have stuck with me, and are foundation bedrock for the way I approach the design, development and industrialisation of medical devices.

I heartily recommend the Shigeo Shingo books to any engineer and designer, of all disciplines!