The principle of Jidoka means that the automation process is aided with human beings thus ensuring that machines and humans work hand in hand to produce goods or products which have very high quality by minimizing defects. This is because defects are corrected as soon as they are spotted and the production process stops until the root cause of the defects have been identified and addressed. The principle of Jidoka has numerous benefits to the production and manufacturing companies.
The first benefit is the reduction of repair costs. If the goods are produced with machines without human supervision, the cost of repairs will be very high because products with defects are bound to be many. Apart from the repair costs there is bound to be very much wastage as a lot of materials are wasted as the products with defects are destroyed or recycled again.
The second benefit of Jikoda is the reduction of recall costs, if the products and goods are produced with machines only, there may be inherent defects which may not be detected through sampling. The result is that once the goods have been sent to the market, they may be recalled back to the company especially if the defects are lethal or may lead to human loss. The defects may be in food products hence making the food poisonous or if the product is a machine making them dangerous.
The third benefit of Jikoda is the minimization of law suits and compensations to the consumers as the goods and products being sold are of high quality hence reducing the company’s liability. The companies which manufacture their products and goods exclusively through the automation process may be more vulnerable to law suits than a company which embraces Jidoka principles. The Jikoda principles thus ensure that the company reduces the chances and avenues for law suits.