We will explore here about Just-in-time (JIT) systems. Identify the characteristics of JIT systems that enable the realization of JIT philosophy. Also, provide details on how JIT could support the continuous improvement of operations.
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Cedric Ahching posted
it comes to coordination of the supply chain. Just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing stems from the concept of a company having all the right alignments in place which include right quality, right quantity, along with the right place and right time. These traits help to establish the realization of JIT philosophy. This model and concept has been proven to help shape improvements in quality, communications, productivity, efficiency, and also reductions through costs and wastes (Kootanaee, 2013). Many organizations have begun to question their own management styles and have thus implemented this new practice amongst other worldwide organizations. Focus on cost and inventory reductions have also helped to shape this management philosophy towards improvement operations as well. Maximizing resources and cost reduction strategies and implementation are also key towards improvements going forward.
Kootanaee, A., Babu, N., & Talari, H. (2013). Just-in-Time manufacturing system: From Introduction to Implement, International Journal of Economics, Business and Finance, 1(2), 7-25. Retrieved from http://www.ijebf.com/IJEBF_Vol.%201,%20No.%202,%20March%202013/Just-in-Time%20Manufacturing%20System%20%20Just-in-Time%20Manufacturing%20System.pdf
Discussion: Just-in-Time Systems
Vonetta Ellison posted
Just-in-Time means making “only what is needed, when it is needed, and in the amount needed”. Based on a Toyota discussion, to efficiently produce a large number of automobiles, it is essential to create a detailed and comprehensive production plan that includes parts procurement. Supplying “what is needed, when it is needed, and in the amount needed”. This production principle can reduce the amount of waste, inconsistencies, and unreasonable requirements, resulting in improved productivity.
“When properly implemented, a just-in-time (JIT) system results in the following supply chain benefits: reduced inventory, increased quality, reduced lead time, reduced scrap and rework, and reduced equipment downtime” (Burt, Petcavage and Pinkerton, 2010). Just-in-time manufacturing depends on trustworthy sources of defect-free materials which arrive within a very tight time frame. JIT suppliers must meet three conditions, namely:
They are locating close to their customers;
Suppliers are implementing responsive manufacturing systems; and
They are taking aggressive action to control the transportation of their materials to their customers.
Burt, D.N., Petcavage, S. D., & Pinkerton, R. L. (2010). Chapter 11: Sourcing. Supply management (8thed.) New York, NY: McGraw-Hill/Irwin.
Toyota. (2014). Toyota Production System. Retrieved from http://www.toyota-global.com/company/vision_philosophy/toyota_production_system/
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