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Andon Cords at the Toyota Takaota Plant

Andon Cords at the Toyota Takaota Plant by Mark Graban

"They pull the cord and a light flashes on an 'andon board' It tells the team leader which station has a problem (and music plays). Within seconds, a team leader (having two stripes on his hat) shows up to help. There is one team leader for every eight workers, on average (or 14% of their labor waiting for problems or responding to them)."

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