Avoid the Just-In-Time Terrors

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Westland, Cynthia Lane   (1988, ASQC)   Total Quality Systems Company

Quality Progress    Vol. 21    No. 10
QICID: 7478    October 1988    pp. 69-70
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Article Abstract

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With the increasing emphasis on automation, shipping directly to the manufacturing floor, and advanced technology, much of American industry is adopting just-in-time manufacturing. Unfortunately, an all-too-common scenario is the one in which the decision to move to just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing is made before quality problems are resolved. This results in failure, frustration, and the just-in-time terrors.

The JIT concept of manufacturing presupposes not only that parts will be made or received just when needed, but also that production activity will be adjusted to support the level of demand. Thus, there is no excess capacity in the true JIT operation, and there is no tolerance for capacity wasted in the production of rejected parts. The parts must be produced to specification and on time.

Successful operation as a JIT manufacturer requires that the company first operate successfully with total quality assurance (TQA) principles.

Keywords

Just in Time (JIT),Implementation,Customer supplier relationships


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