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The vice-president Operations of Spartan Plastics, is facing a trade-off. As an avid proponent of the Toyota production system, just in time manufacturing (JIT), ISO 9001, and continuous improvement, he has reduced setup times, batch sizes, and throughput times. On the other hand, the scrap rate has shot up. This case would be appropriate for use in a production and operations course, to introduce students to the concepts of JIT and world class manufacturing.
This case would be appropriate for use early in a course on production and operations management, to introduce students to the concepts of JIT and world-class manufacturing. The case provides a good illustration of a small plant that has proactively undertaken several initiatives. It presents examples of the kinds of changes that may be necessary in various areas of the plant. The case also highlights problems that plants can expect to face upon implementing JIT and a continuous flow process.
Canada, Small, 1995
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