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Toyoda Automatic Loom

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Toyoda Automatic Loom

This Non-Stop Shuttle Change Toyoda Automatic Loom was invented by Sakichi Toyoda a leader of the Japanese industrial revolution and founder of Toyota Industries Co., Ltd. His most famous invention was this automatic power loom in which he implemented the principle of autonomous automation.

Sakichi Toyoda (豊田 佐吉, 1867 – 1930) was a Japanese inventor and industrialist, the son of a poor carpenter, Toyoda became one of the most prominent Inventors in Japan. Toyoda developed the concept of 5 Whys: When a problem occurs, ask the question “why” five times to effectively solve the problem. This quality concept is used today as part of lean methodologies to solve problems, improve quality, and reduce costs.

Toyoda Boshoku Corporation was founded by Sakichi Toyoda in 1918, as a textile company. Looms were built on a small production line. In 1929, the patent for the automatic loom was sold to the British company, generating the starting capital for the automobile development. The production of Toyota automobiles started in 1933 as a division of Toyoda Automatic Loom Works under the direction of the founder’s son, Kiichiro Toyoda.

Vehicles were originally sold under the name “Toyoda” (トヨダ), but in 1936 “Toyota” (トヨタ) was selected because it took eight brush strokes (a lucky number) to write in Japanese, was visually simpler and easier to pronounce. The newly formed word was trademarked and the company was registered in 1937 as the Toyota Motor Company.

Toyoda Automatic Loom

  • Title:                        Non-Stop Shuttle Change Toyoda Automatic Loom, Type G
  • Inventor:                 Sakichi Toyoda
  • Manufactured by:   Toyoda Boshoku Corporation
  • Date:                       1924
  • Museum:                Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology

Sakichi Toyoda

  • Inventor:        Sakichi Toyoda
  • Japanese:       豊田 佐吉
  • Born:              1867 – Nagoya, Japan
  • Died:              1930 (aged 63) – Japan


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