What is Just-In-Time Manufacturing?

Just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing is a Japanese workflow methodology that strives to decrease flow times in production and cut down on waste. It involves working closely with suppliers, manufacturers, and distributors to ensure that products are delivered on time and without errors.

Ultimately, JIT requires a responsive and flexible supply chain that adjusts to changes in product demand and production criteria. It was first introduced by Toyota in the 1970s and has since become a widely adopted strategy used by manufacturing industries around the globe.

JIT manufacturing has been credited with boosting product quality, decreasing costs, and enhancing customer satisfaction by distributing goods quickly and efficiently.

The strategy is very similar to lean manufacturing, the process of minimizing waste while maximizing productivity — and the two terms are usually used interchangeably.

Read on to learn more about the inner workings of JIT and how to implement it on the shop floor: