Just-in-time (JIT) is a production model in which items are created to meet demand, not created in surplus or in advance of need. The purpose of JIT production is to avoid the waste associated with overproduction, waiting and excess inventory, three of the seven waste categories defined in the Toyota Production System (known in North America as the lean production model).
JIT was firstly developed within Toyota manufacturing plants by Taiichi Ohno, during the beginning of the 70s. The oil embargo probably triggered his theory, the program was intended to avoid wastes, reduce inventories and increase production efficiency in order to maintain Toyota’s competitive edge. Besides he believed that customers should be satisfied with maximum quality in the shortest time. Read more…
5S represents 5 disciplines for maintaining a visual workplace (visual controls and information systems).
These are foundational to Kaizen (continuous improvement) and a manufacturing strategy based “Lean Manufacturing” (waste removing) concepts.
5S is one of the activities that will help ensure our company’s survival.
- Sort-All unneeded tools, parts and supplies are removed from the area
- Set in Order-A place for everything and everything is in its place
- Shine-The area is cleaned as the work is performed Read more…
What is Kanban?
Kanban is a scheduling system for lean and just-in-time (JIT) production. Kanban is a system to control the logistical chain from a production point of view, and is not an inventory control system. Kanban was developed by Taiichi Ohno, at Toyota, to find a system to improve and maintain a high level of production. Kanban is one method through which JIT is achieved. Read more…
Lean Manufacturing Process:
Lean manufacturing is a performance-based process used in manufacturing organizations to increase competitive advantage. The basics of lean manufacturing employ continuous improvement processes to focus on the elimination of waste or nonvalue added steps within an organization. The challenge to organizations utilizing lean manufacturing is to create a culture that will create and sustain long-term commitment from top management through the entire workforce. Lean manufacturing techniques are based on the application of five principles to guide management’s actions toward success:
1. Value: The foundation for the value stream that defines what the customer is willing to pay for.
2. The Value Stream: The mapping and identifying of all the specific actions required to eliminate the non-value activities from design concept to customer usage. Read more…
Doing more with less by employing ‘lean thinking.’ Lean manufacturing involves never ending efforts to eliminate or reduce ‘muda’ (Japanese for waste or any activity that consumes resources without adding value) in design, manufacturing, distribution, and customer service processes. Developed by the Toyota executive Taiichi Ohno (1912-90) during post-Second World War reconstruction period in Japan, and popularized by James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones in their 1996 book ‘Lean Thinking.’
Lean Manufacturing, also called Lean Production, is a set of tools and methodologies that aims for the continuous elimination of all waste in the production process. The main benefits of this are lower Read more…