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Lean Principles – JUST IN TIME (JIT) What can JIT do for UK Manufacturing and Engineering

Lee August 23rd, 2011
By Lee


In order for a business to implement JIT, it needs flexible, willing and driven workforces who are all aiming for one goal- continuous improvement in all areas of the business. Through the right training, communication and management structure, a company can create cohesion and an agile team who can concentrate on CI, quality, customer relationships and product innovation.


With the latest MRP and ERP software, companies are able to keep better track off inventory, manage the logistics and supply chain more meticulously, and most importantly improve communication and therefore reduce error.


JIT can also reduce warehousing space which may equate to cost savings.  However it is essential that companies do not go too far in that they do not have enough of a buffer zone when market demands change quickly.  Again it all comes down to planning and forecasting and being AGILE.


There is no question that JUST IN TIME, if implemented correctly can reduce unnecessary inventory, reduce lead times and help with bottlenecking issues.  It may be a word that has been thrown around for 30 years and may have taken a back step with the latest LEAN manufacturing principles such as KANBAN, 5’S, SIX SIGMA, but it is still a vital ingredient of becoming a market leader.


For more information on Lean manufacturing principles such as Kanban, Kaizen, 5’s please visit


Key words:  JIT- Just in Time, Agile, MRP, ERP, CI Continuous Improvement


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