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Investigation into the application of just-in-time principles in small South African firms

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof. J. Gouws en_US
dc.contributor.author Jacobs, Heinz Erasmus
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-27T06:42:53Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-27T06:42:53Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-27
dc.date.submitted 1997-11
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/6570
dc.description.abstract The report focuses on the implementation of "Just-In-Time" (JIT) — a system aimed at manufacturing and supplying only the goods needed, only when needed, and in the exact quantities needed, instantaneously, with perfect quality and no waste. The implementation of JIT principles at small South African manufacturing firms are investigated, with specific reference to the implementation of JIT at a case study firm. Various methods and results from previous .JIT implementations are discussed and an overview of the latest developments is given. This report further contains a survey on the susceptibility of small South African manufacturing firms to JET implementation. The implementation of JIT at the case study firm is decomposed into various "JIT techniques". The effects of implementing these techniques are investigated. The investigation reveals the fact that certain "JIT techniques" can be implemented in a short span of time (4 months), without significant finance or problems, while improving productivity. Some techniques could however not be implemented in the available time span. The investigation shows that, in the long term, problems might be expected when implementing the overall JIT philosophy. These problems relate mainly to : (1) resistance to change, especially from management, (2) maintenance, and (3) commitment of sufficient resources for education and training. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Just-in-time systems en_US
dc.title Investigation into the application of just-in-time principles in small South African firms en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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