Consider the following characteristics of either a JIT production system or a traditional production system. Indicate whether each is characteristic of a JIT production system or a traditional production system.
a. Products are produced in large batches.
b. Large stocks of finished goods protect against lost sales if customer demand is higher than expected.
c. Suppliers make frequent deliveries of small quantities of raw materials.
d. Employees do a variety of jobs, including maintenance and setups as well as operating machines.
e. Machines are grouped into self- contained production cells or production lines.
f. Machines are grouped according to function. For example, all cutting machines are located in one area.
g. The final operation in the production sequence “pulls” parts from the preceding operation.
h. Each employee is responsible for inspecting his or her own work.
i. Management works with suppliers to ensure defect- free raw materials.