• 1950's US EE Edward Deming helped Toyota improve quality with organizational structure.
    Everyone including production line workers has a role in problem solving.
  • 1960's and 70' Just in time manufacturing (JIT) - lower cost - faster production was developed
  • 1990's -Kanban - A method for JIT developed by Toyota
    eKanban - Replacement of paper based Kanban by Ultriva
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Based on Just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing also know as just-in-time production or the Toyota production system (TPS), is a 1960s and 70s methodology aimed primarily at reducing flow times within production as well as response times from suppliers and to customers. Following its origin and development in Japan. US companies such as Motorola and IBM were early adopters who came up with their own variations of the system.
The idea is to meet on-time delivery goals without excessive inventory of finished products.

The idea is to minimize supply chain components and finished products sitting un-used and not generating income in a warehouse, while costing money for storage space.
Also allocation of resources (workforce, methods, machines, components and information ).

Also works with Kanban (Japanese for signboard or billboard) Method.
Kanban aligns inventory levels with actual consumption.

An example is a grocery store that knows they need more matzo bread before Passover and orders it from bakers just in time to meet the customer demand.

JIT was the 2nd revolution in Japanese manufacturing to reduce cost. The first was William Edwards Deming (US Electrical Engineer) in the 1950's who helped Japanese manufacturing improve quality, with better organization structures.
One of his 14 key principles is to "Break down barriers between departments. People in research, design, sales, and production must work as a team, to foresee problems of production and in use that may be encountered with the product or service."

last updated 2 Aug 2016