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Question 2 The Just-in-Time (JIT) philosophy of manufacturing has been defined as “a philosophy of continuous and forced problem solving that drives out waste.” (Heizer, J & Render, B, 2005[1])

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The Just-in-Time (JIT) philosophy of manufacturing has been defined as   “a philosophy of continuous and forced problem solving that drives out waste.”

(Heizer, J & Render, B, 2005[1])

Your company is planning its future as a JIT company. Critically discuss what you would look for in your supplier and how it relates to the JIT philosophy. Support your answer with relevant examples. Support your answer with relevant examples.

What JIT requires (to look for in a supplier)

  • Quality of supplies/inventory must be high because disruption in production due to quality error will slow down the throughput of materials, reduce the internal dependability of supply, and possibly cause inventory to build up if errors slow the production rate.
  • Speed, in terms of fast throughput of materials, is essential if customer demand is to be met directly from production rather than from inventory.
  • Dependability is a prerequisite for fast throughput if the supply of parts or the reliability of equipment is not dependable.
  • Flexibility is especially important in order to achieve small batch sizes and therefore fast throughput and short deliver lead times.     The requirements mentioned above should be discussed and linked to the productivity and efficiency of an organisation or manufacturing environment, and for reduction of waste, in an organisation using appropriate examples.

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