CHENNAI: Passenger car maker Toyota Kirloskar Motor has extended its famed Toyota Production Systems (TPS) to one of its suppliers Stumpp Schuele & Somappa Springs in order to extend its production of face shields for public medical experts and law enforcement agencies in Karnataka in their fight against the spread of Coronavirus.
The carmaker also said it'll still search for more collaborations and is open to assist any critical component manufacturers so as to strengthen the fight against COVID-19.
The TPS developed by Toyota Motor Corporation is a system of efficient manufacturing eliminating waste.
According to Toyota Kirloskar -- an 89:11 joint venture between Japanese Toyota Motor Corporation and India's Kirloskar Systems Ltd -- the Bengaluru based springs manufacturer Stumpp Schuele decided to develop and produce face shields for medical experts and police.
Initially, Stumpp Schuele produced 275 face shields per day, but with the assistance of Toyota Kirloskar and is expertise in TPS, the previous ramped up its face shields production to 5,500 units per day.
"Given the positive result, the corporate (Stumpp Schuele) Ais now focusing on scaling up the production to much beyond 10,000 units per day, within the coming days. This step is probably going to go a long way in supporting the government's efforts in battling against this disease," Toyota Kirloskar said during a statement.
According to Raju B Ketkale, Deputy managing director, Toyota Kirloskar, when Stumpp Schuele announced their plans to develop and manufacture face shields for the general public health workforce, the corporate joined their initiative to share its best practices in TPS and enhance their manufacturing capacity of face shields in support of their cause.
Toyota Kirloskar will still support Stumpp Schuele and assist them in enhancing the productivity by resolving issues associated with the workforce, layout modifications and other operations to succeed in a production capacity of much beyond 10,000 units per day.