Jidoka (autonomation)

Jidoka is a Japanese manufacturing strategy that uses autonomation to increase output while minimizing errors. The goal is to eliminate waste at the source and deliver the highest quality product.

This is achieved through constant monitoring, by both the equipment and personnel. If any irregularities are noticed by either the machine or employee, the process is promptly stopped until the issue is resolved. This ensures that imperfect products or components are not created and resources wasted. Toyota referred to this practice as “automation with a human touch”.