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Toyoda, Sakichi (1867-1930)

The founder of the Toyota Group, who invented a self-monitoring device for textile looms in the early 1900s that stopped the loom if a thread broke. This innovation allowed one operator to tend multiple machines and led to the concept of jidoka, which means “automation with human intelligence.” It is one of the two pillars of the Toyota Production System.

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