The foundations of TPS are built on standardization to ensure a safe method of operation and a consistent approach to quality. 
  • Just-In-Time is simply put, producing "what is needed, when it is needed, in the amount needed."
  • Jidoka (自働化) may be described as intelligent automation or automation with a human touch.  If an abnormal situation arises the machine stops and the worker will stop the production line.
  • Kaizen (改善), Japanese for "improvement" or "change for the best", refers to philosophy or practices that focus upon continuous improvement.
  • Genchi Genbutsu (現地現物) means "go and see" and suggests that in order to truly understand a situation one needs to go to gemba (the place where the real work is done).
  • Muda (無駄) is a Japanese word meaning "futility; uselessness; idleness; superfluity; waste; wastage; wastefulness", waste reduction is an effective way to increase profitability. 
  • Kanban (かんばん(看板) (literally signboard or billboard) is a scheduling system for lean and just-in-time production.
  • 5S: "A place for everything, & everything in its place." Accomplished through a series of steps translated to 1) Sort, 2) Set In Order, 3) Shine, 4) Standardize, & 5) Sustain. 


  • CNC Machining

  • Coating

  • Casting

  • Forging

  • Pressing

TICA was created from combining five separate Japanese production companies and integrating their processes under one roof. We make all of our own compressor parts from start to finish.  Every step in the process yields a high degree of quality and we strive for the absolute elimination of waste, overburden and unevenness in all areas to allow members to work smoothly and efficiently.

With over 120 robots, 1250 machines, and 2500 preventative maintenance checks, TICA is proud to be a leader in lean manufacturing using the Toyota Production System (TPS).

  • Electron Beam Welding

  • Grinding

  • Honing

  • Tin Plating

  • Robotics

TICA incorporates state-of-the-art processes in our daily production:

Toyota Production System (TPS)