Just-In-Time Manufacturing Coordination at Ford 850588
This paper examines the four phases of Just-In-Time, as it is used at the Ford Motor Company. The phases are as follows:
1) awareness or understanding, 2) statement of commitment, 3) pilot projects, 4) launch or full implementation. Each phase is explained, as are the potential benefits. At Ford, communication among and contributions from all employees are considered vital, as is commitment from management. The necessity of management commitment is discussed in detail, as are means of obtaining that commitment.