Rationale Behind Just-in-Time (JIT)
By definition, waste is the unusable byproduct of something. However, because no process is totally efficient, every process necessarily contains some amount of waste. With company origins in the textile industry, Toyota realized in the 1920s that manufacturing process waste—in the form of excess inventory, defective products and extraneous process steps—was the enemy of optimal manufacturing time and cost. These realizations by company founders led to the creation of the Toyota Production System (TPS), a system that catapulted Toyota to the top of the global automotive industry. The production system was deemed the primary reason for Toyota’s success and its unparalleled quality.
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