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Companies have for years tried to figure out how to consistently organize their business units for improving quality and efficiency and at the same time reduce costs and lead times. Toyota's production system (TPS) and its core principles have become the global benchmark. This system was developed throughout the 1950's and refined and improved to present. One of the main pillars is batch reduction -ultimately down to one-piece flow -which in turn leads to improved quality and flexibility.doi:10.1016/j.procir.2014.01.139 fatcat:avhd5wupzrbsbmhcodlgds2w4a