The author of the concept is Thaii Ono, who has developed a unique production system for Toyota - Toyota Production System (TPS), in the West it's called Lean production.
Principles of Lin-production at one time tried to convey to the business community even Henry Ford. But his ideas were not accepted at that time. By introducing the Lin-production methodology first in the world, the Japanese once again demonstrated their talent not so much to generate new ideas as to develop existing ones.
With "Toyota" it turned out exactly the opposite: its "branded" manufacturing system this time interested in Americans, resulting in the famous "manual of lean manufacturing" - a book by James Vumek and Daniel Jones, in which the authors "declassified" the main components of success "Toyota" - TPS tools, which include Total Production Maintenance (Total Productive Maintenance); system 5S (sorting, rational arrangement, cleaning (keeping in cleanliness), standardization, improvement); SMED Quick Detection System - Single-Minute Exchange of Die (reset / re-equip the equipment in less than 10 minutes).