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Describe a JIT principle used at a past or present workplace or one with which you are personally familiar. Focus on the key areas of JIT. Have the results been positive or negative? Detail what improvements or changes would result in a more effective program.

Objective: Evaluate the quality control tools used to analyze and improve processes. Also, identify management quality initiatives, such as TQM and Six Sigma.

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JIT is a philosophy of continuous improvement in which non-value-adding activities (or wastes) are identified and JIT is not about automation. JIT eliminates waste by providing the environment with perfect and simplified processes. JIT is a collection of techniques used to improve operations and it can also be a new production system that is used to produce goods or services. According to Wikipedia, "Just in Time" (JIT) is an inventory strategy implemented to improve the return on investment of a business by reducing in-process inventory and its associated costs. Companies such a Fleetwood RV's, Toyota and Harley-Davison have seen a tremendous improvement of their products with the implementation of JIT inventory programs .The purpose of the JIT method is to reduce costs and time, allowing inventory purchased or delivered to spend less time in production or storage. In India, Maruti the largest automobile manufacturer, is using the JIT tools to make their invenoty management more efficient.

In the peer review, Does Manufacturing Need to Make JIT Delivery Work? The author Seyed-Mahomand Aghazadeh list five steps to transmit JIT:
1. Awareness Revolution: abolishing old concepts and adopting new one.
2. Concepts for workplace improvement-sorting, ...

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1. What types of process variation exists in organizations today and what are some ways to identify and deal with the variation? How does an organization deal with variation and its affect on quality management initiatives?

2. Describe the three approaches to continuous improvement - reorganizing, benchmarking and reengineering. Which do you think is the most effective and why?

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