Sunday, March 15, 2009

Just In Time: Different Prespective

Hello Friends

I was recently preparing a Just In Time Training Module in my company. And my biggest challenge was how to explain it to high school pass operator.

So, the following two points I thought of:
1. JIT is like driving a sports car at a speed of 200 miles/hr. Imagine when you are driving a bicycle at the speed of 20 what is important to you. And in comparison when you are driving a sports car on the track what is important to you. I think when you are driving sports car the most important thing to you is Reliability of your machinery. When we are talking about JIT then Reliability doesnt come only under machinery, but the whole process means whole supply chain or value chain per se.

2. JIT is like a relay race where next player can't run till the earlier one hasn't handed over baton to him. This is in essence the Pull System which is pillar of JIT. Also it defines the very existence of Kanban system.

If you have any more ideas do lemme know.


1 comment:

Arun Sharma said...

Interesting way to explain JIT. I don't know what position do you hold regarding the success of JIT, but I've got an opinion. I think it's not that wise to blindly follow the JIT or Just-in-Sequence, as it's alternatively called these days. The investments on implementing the JIT do not justify the implementation of the process. The ERP implementation, networking, maintenance, infrastructure and the risk involved in production, makes it seem like a White Elephant for the company. JIT doesn't allow you to have a flexibility in the system. Toyota and other Japanese companies have successfully been able to develop and implement JIT but what we forget is that they lack the much needed commodity called LAND. In India, we do not face such a problem yet or in the near future. Why to blindly orient the manufacturing processes to JIS and take up the risk without much benefits derived.

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