We’ve all heard that Lean and the Just in Time System are the Same. And, while there are some similarities, the two systems are in fact, different. Generally speaking, the Just In Time System makes up one pillar of a Lean Organization and although the principles and techniques can be applied to service environments, the Just In Time philosophy is mainly used in manufacturing. The philosophy helps an organization achieve three main focuses:
Job rotations allow employees to experience different jobs and their responsibilities. They are oftentimes used to help people develop their skill set and advance. Rotations can be temporary assignments or an employee may rotate for longer periods of times as their skills develop.
Ordering costs can skyrocket when managing inventory. On one hand you want to keep your inventory levels low so that you don’t tie up cash and on the other hand you want to have inventory on hand so that you are placing a high volume of orders. Both have their positives and negatives. One of the more common ways to go about lowering ordering costs is to use an approach known as joint replenishment.
Jidoka is a term that describes one of the key pillars of the Toyota Production System. Sakichi Toyoda first invented Jidoka or Autonomation back in the mid 1890's.
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