Join Steven Brown for an in-depth discussion in this video Just in time, part of Lean Six Sigma Foundations.
- Can you imagine a world in which you receive…everything you need, exactly when you need it?…Not early, not late, only when you need it.…Well, that's what Just in Time is all about.…Although the Just in Time or JIT strategy…is most often associated with Japanese manufacturers,…Henry Ford is considered the father…of Just in Time in the United States.…Simply put, Ford did not believe in using warehouses.…He bought material to fit the production plan.…
Only enough to meet immediate needs.…Ford recognized that transportation was a critical factor…for success in such a strategy.…So he owned a private network of railroad cars…and trucks to ensure smooth delivery of materials.…Just in Time was reintroduced to the U.S.…as a best practice in the 1980s…when Toyota and other Japanese companies…were excelling in all manufacturing industries and capturing…a large share of worldwide markets with their products.…
JIT means that raw materials, components,…and subassemblies are delivered to the factory…just when they are needed for production.…
Steven outlines the process stages in Six Sigma (define, measure, analyze, improve, and control), along with the Lean toolkit: the 5s principles, kanban (scheduling), downtime, poka-yoke (error proofing), and kaizen (continuous improvement). He also explains how leadership works within Lean Six Sigma, the principles of project execution, and how Lean Six Sigma is applied to the service sector and supply chain management. Make sure to watch the "Next steps" video at the end of the course for further resources.
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- List the three main focuses of Six Sigma.
- Explain why lean is an important element of the Six Sigma approach.
- Summarize why Control is the most important step in the Six Sigma process.
- Analyze variables to determine if they are a good performance measurement.
- Describe three typical methods of improving supply chain functions.
- Identify three things you will need in order to lead a Lean Six Sigma project effectively.