Just in Time is a lean production management system and philosophy in which inventory and supplies are ordered and received only when they are needed, allowing companies to significantly reduce stock inventory, costs and space requirements, and increase return on investment. It originated out of Toyota’s production system in the 1970s.
What is Just In Time Manufacturing, and what are best practices, tools and templates for teams and organizations?
Definition of Just In Time Manufacturing
Description of Just In Time Manufacturing
Just in Time allows companies to reduce inefficiency and waste through a tightly integrated manufacturing and production system that relies on the ability to order and receive inventory only at the time it is needed. When it first emerged, it represented a dramatic change from the predominant, “just-in-case” production system, in which large inventories of supplies were maintained as a safety measure. For Just in Time to be successful, companies must have a seamless production process in place, including continuous and flexible production, dependable suppliers, accurate forecasts of demand, high-quality manufacturing, employee coordination, involvement and collaboration, and machinery that doesn’t break down, among other factors. The primary concern with Just in Time is the potential for the supply chain to interrupt the entire production process when there is a delay in receiving a necessary supply. Without the raw materials that are necessary for fabrication, companies can potentially lose significant amounts of revenue and fail to meet customer demand. Despite these concerns, Just in Time has been replicated across the world, enabling companies to achieve dramatic savings and reductions in inventory.
Tools & Templates
As one pillar of the lean manufacturing system, Just in Time employs many tools, including workflow charts, protocols, etc.
upBOARD's Online Just In Time Manufacturing Tools & Templates
upBOARD’s online Just in Time Manufacturing collaboration tools allow any team or organization to instantly begin working with our web templates and input forms. Our digital platform goes far beyond other software tools by including progress dashboards, data integration from existing documents or other SaaS software, elegant intuitive designs, and full access on any desktop or mobile device.
Learn more about upBOARD’s portfolio of other operations best practice tools and templates, including:
5 S System, Brainstorming, Business Process Re-engineering, Gemba Walk, House of Lean, House of Quality, Huddle Boards, Just in Time (JIT), Kaizen, Kanban Boards, Key Performance Indicators, Leading and Lagging Indicators, Lean Manufacturing, Objectives & Key Results, Operational Performance Management, Outsourcing Decision-Matrix, Performance-Based Budgeting, QDIP Board, RATER Model, Six Sigma, SQDC Board, SQDCM Board, Supplier Relationship Management (SRM), Theory of Constraints (TOC), Total Quality Management (TQM), Value Stream Mapping, and Zero Defects.