In the 1890s Toyoda invented a loom that would stop automatically if any of the threads snapped. His invention reduced defects and raised yields, because the loom would not continue using up thread and producing imperfect fabric after a problem occurred. The new loom also enabled a single operator to handle dozens of looms, revolutionizing the textile industry.
The “Toyoda Precepts,” compiled by Toyota Industries management after Sakichi Toyoda’s death:
•Always be faithful to your duties, thereby contributing to the Company and to the overall good.
•Always be studious and creative, striving to stay ahead of the times.
•Always be practical and avoid frivolousness.
•Always strive to build a homelike atmosphere at work that is warm and friendly.
•Always have respect for God and remember to be grateful at all times.