Kenichi Sekine was a 1944 graduate of the Navy Air Force Academy and completed Kurume Industrial Speical School in 1948, He Joined Bridgestone in 1948 and remained until 1972. As chief QC inspector at Bridgestone, he introduced TQC and led the company’s application for the Deming Prize. From 1968 to 1972, he worked for an affiliate of Toyota Motor Company, where he promoted the Toyota production system (TPS).
In 1973, he left to found the TPS Consulting Group. Under his direction the group:
provided consulting on worksite IE to Toyota-affiliated companies
built U-shaped line in an assembly department at Oriental Motors
built U-shaped line at Nuinac
built load-load lines in an assembly department at T Company
minimized automatic assembly personnel at Uni Charm and provided consulting on the JIT production system
built assembly lines with minimal personal at TDK
provided consulting on the high-diversified small-lot production systems in Nagano Prefecture
provided consulting on worksite IE to Komatsu
provided consulting on TOS to Danden
improved the assembly lines at Japan Maranz
provided consulting to Ishida
provided consulting on setup improvement to Tateishi Electric
provided consulting on inventory reduction and setup improvement to Kunimitsu Paper
provided consulting on worksite IE to a Komatsu affiliate
provided consulting on setup improvement of the packaging line at Ajinomoto
provided consulting on TPS to a Yanma Diesel affiliate
improved processing lines at Juyo Industry
introduced and promoted TPS to Facom (France )
In 1985 Mr. Sekine founded the Added Value Management Institute (TPS Consulting Company, Ltd.) Among its achievements, the company:
Built U-shaped lines in a motor department at Mitsubishi electric in Korea (productivity improved by 50 percent )
built U-shaped lines in a electronics assembly department at Toyo Precision Industry (OPC) in Korea (productivity improved by 30 percent)
built U-shaped line in an electronics assembly department at Modern Electronics in Korea (productivity improved by 30 percent)
converted conveyor lines into U-shaped lines in an air conditioner plant at Daiu Career in Korea (productivity improved 30 percent ). Cut setup time in half. Cut shaft processing personnel from eleven to five.
built U-shaped line in an assembly department at Mikuni Industry (productivity improved by 100 percent )
Mr Sekine’s expertise lies in the specific areas of implementing TPS, Zero setup, cutting assembly/processing personnel in half, cutting the designing period and personnel in half, innovative Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) and inventory reduction.
Mr Sekine has published many books on manufacturing process improvement. Other titles available in English include One-Piece flow, One-Piece flow video, and Design Team Revolution.
Keisuke Arai graduated from Osaka State University with a degree in engineering. From 1957 to 1982 he worked for Mitsui shipbuilding Inc, where he advanced to product manager, responsible for design, construction, quality control, process control, and cost control of nuclear power-related projects. While at Mitsui, he produced the Index of Project Documentation for the for the Engineering Association.
Mr. Arai became an independent consultant in 1982, serving as an advisor to a number of manufacturing companies. He has been with TPS Consulting Company since 1986, serving as a chief consultant. He also lectures at SANNO University.