More “Evolutionary” than “Revolutionary”
Today, as was the case a quarter century ago, most fabrication production managers still rely on phone calls, e-mails, and face-to-face meetings to drive their shops. These “production killers” slow the flow of information, cause bottlenecks, create opportunity for errors, and keep lead times longer than necessary.
To counter this manufacturers are adopting Just-in-Time (JIT) manufacturing. Over the years and around the globe, the practice has taken on a number of variations and names. You may recognize it as “Just-in-Time”, “Lean Production”, “Demand-Driven Manufacturing”, or even “Kanban”.
No matter what you call it…. did you know that the concept actually dates back to the days of Henry Ford? Ford often described the perfect manufacturing scenario as creating parts on an as-needed basis. This meant carrying no inventory as raw material would arrive from suppliers on schedule in the precise order and amounts.
While we are still in search of this manufacturing nirvana, it is safe to say that Just-in-Time principles will play an even greater role in fabrication and manufacturing.
If you are interested to learn more about how you can leverage Just-in-Time nesting, contact SigmaTEK’s Monty Brown. Monty is a Project Manager for SigmaTEK Services Group. He works with companies to identify and resolve problems at all levels of manufacturing from quoting to production.