Just-In-Time Manufacturing at Dell

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Traditional manufacturing is described just as it is stated, “traditional”. The process starts when a product is to be produced and needs the manufacturing process to create the product for the customer that is, or will, order(ing) the product. Manufacturing processes are the steps through which raw materials are transformed into a final product. The manufacturing process begins with the creation of the materials from which the design is made. These materials are then modified through manufacturing processes to become the required part. Manufacturing processes can include treating (such as heat treating or coating), machining, or reshaping the material. The manufacturing process also includes tests and checks for quality assurance during or after the manufacturing, and planning the production process prior to manufacturing (Chegg, 2013). The inventory of raw materials will need to be kept on hand in order for the product to be assembled when it is needed for inventory refill. The main problem it inherently possesses is that of raw material overstock and that of finished product overstock that needs to be sold. If a product has completed its journey through the raw-to-finished material process and the products sales go down, the product will take up precious space in storage that could be filled up with other newer and/or more popular products that will move more quickly. This is the reason Dell has adapted to include just-in-time manufacturing in its product assembly. Dell computers had the reputation for being reliable and affordable, depending on the models, but what really set it apart was the just-in-time ordering system Michael Dell built. It steered buyers to an online site that let them customize PC to their preferenc... ... middle of paper ... ... References Chegg. (2013, March 13). Definition of Manufacturing Processes. Retrieved Janurary 14, 2014, from www.chegg.com: http://www.chegg.com/homework-help/definitions/manufacturing-processes-5 Kelleher, K. (2013, November 14). Dell (Yes, Dell) Is About to Make History . Retrieved Janurary 14, 2014, from business.time.com: http://business.time.com/2013/11/14/dell-yes-dell-is-about-to-make-history/ Ray, S., & Black, T. (2011, March 24). The Downside of Just-in-Time Inventory. Retrieved Janurary 14, 2014, from www.businessweek.com: http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/11_14/b4222017701856.htm Wilson, J. (2013, June 29). Real-Life Examples of Successful JIT Systems. (M. McDonough, Editor) Retrieved Janurary 14, 2014, from www.brighthubpm.com: http://www.brighthubpm.com/methods-strategies/71540-real-life-examples-of-successful-jit-systems/

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