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November 25, 2013 Thomas Built Busses Essay While visiting Thomas Built Busses, it was very evident how much work and thought has been put into making the plant as productive and cost efficient as possible. As we were touring, it was amazing to see how many changes they have made and how great of an impact that those changes have had on the plant. The man who gave us the tour as well as Phil Kirland, the cost accountant who came to speak with the class, did a great job at describing the company and giving us a sneak peak of the inside mechanics of Thomas Built Busses. One of the things that stuck out while touring the facility was how efficient they were by using JIT manufacturing. Just in time manufacturing has been used at Thomas Built to reduce their costs as well as make the most efficient use of all of time working. The parts that they use to manufacture the busses are delivered to the plant in the morning, before production for the day begins. The parts are then loaded to stations on the catwalk, making them easily accessible to the engineers making the busses. The person who orders the product is responsible for keeping track of the shipment, and this creates harmonization in the delivery process. This benefits the company because they are never keeping more supplies on hand than they need, and this is reducing their costs. Also by using JIT manufacturing, Thomas Built has reduced their backlog from 30 days to just 48 hours. By reducing their backlog, Thomas Built is able to turn the busses quicker and get the order to cash faster than they would if they had a longer backlog, also reducing costs. In order to operate with a JIT manufacturing system, Thomas Built has had to incorporate a lot of technology. They use computers to monitor the inventory
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levels and to monitor how much is being used for what. This ensures that the numbers are exact and lets them know when they need to order more, less, or the same amount, allowing them to control the costs and eliminate the waste. By implementing JIT manufacturing, Thomas Built Busses has created a lean manufacturing system. By operating lean, Thomas Built has practically zero waste.
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