Southwest Process Controls prides itself on being able to meet customers’ needs with just in time (JIT) delivery. Our adherence to JIT principles gives us the flexibility to fulfill even the most demanding production schedules without sacrificing quality or service. The strategy allows us to save money, streamline our operations, and reduce waste. Many of these benefits are passed down to the customer. JIT is a strategy closely associated with the general trend in manufacturing towards lean enterprise.
JIT is essentially an “inventory strategy” in which companies receive goods on an as-needed basis. Typically, the process begins when a customer places an order. The purpose of this strategy is to minimize the waste that accompanies production, identified as the “seven wastes” in the Toyota Production System. They include overproduction, waiting, transportation, inappropriate processing, excessive inventory, unnecessary motion and defects. By minimizing these unproductive practices, manufacturers and suppliers who rely on JIT can maximize value for both the company and the customer.
Customers benefit in many ways from companies who use JIT strategies. For example, they may pay less for the same quality products than they would elsewhere, because the company can afford to lower prices for its products. In addition, customers must often wait longer for deliveries from manufacturers and suppliers that have not streamlined their operations with JIT practices. Delays due to transportation issues and elaborate processing can also add to the time that the customer spends simply waiting for their products.
As a supplier, the adoption of JIT practices helps us too. JIT strategies allow companies to forego the need to stock up on large quantities of inventory, running the risk of having inventory age and expire before it is sold. With less stock, moreover, manufacturers spend fewer resources on storage space and unnecessary motion to transport products to and from one process to another. JIT promotes a flexible approach to manufacturing that facilitates efficiency, which can have the benefit of shorter production times. This enables JIT companies to meet urgent deadlines on demand.
At Southwest Process Controls, we set ourselves apart by our attention to quality, customer service and timeliness. We follow JIT production strategies to help us achieve these goals while maintaining cost-effective operations. That’s why our customers trust us as their only supplier for fittings, valves, gauges and more. Please contact us today to learn what we can do for you!