Mr. Shingo distinguished himself as one of the world's leading experts in improving manufacturing processes. He has been described as an "engineering genius" who assisted in the creation of, and wrote about, many of the features of the revolutionary just-in-time manufacturing methods, systems, and processes which make up the renowned Toyota Production System and related production systems.�
The Shingo Prize is named for the Japanese industrial engineer, Shigeo Shingo. His greatness was in his ability to understand exactly why products are manufactured the way they are, and then transform that understanding into a workable system for low-cost, high-quality production. Mr. Shingo died peacefully November 14, 1990 at the age of 81.