Just In Time (JIT) Manufacturing

Definition of Just In Time (JIT) Manufacturing:

A planning system for manufacturing processes that optimizes availability of material inventories at the manufacturing site to only what, when and how much is necessary.

Typically JIT manufacturing avoids the conventional conveyor systems.

JIT is a pull system where the product is pulled along to its finish, rather than the conventional mass production which is a push system. It is possible using various tools like kanban, andon and cell layout.

Others tools include: shojinka, smed, jidoka, poka-yoka, and Kaizen.

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