Just in sequence: the art of orchestration supply chain

Nov 13, 2023 | Just In Sequence

The "Just in Sequence" (JIS) method ensures that parts or components arrive on the production line exactly when and in the order they are required, particularly in the automotive sector.

A well-orchestrated supply chain

In a symphony orchestra concert, every musician performs with a unique instrument, each having its own designated time to play within the piece. If a violinist plays at the wrong time, the entire performance can be affected. So, achieving the perfect harmony requires precise timing from each musician.

Just in Sequence, a conductor.

In our metaphor, Just in Sequence method is similar to guaranteeing that each musician plays at a specific moment, avoiding being too early or too late. In the automotive industry, parts are delivered to the production line with precise timing and assembly order.

How does it work?

Just as the conductor has a score that tells him when each instrument is to be played, the car factory has a production plan that indicates when each part must be assembled. And just as the conductor ensures that each musician is ready to play at the right time, the JIS system ensures that each component is ready to be used at the right time.

What are the advantages of JIS?

Inventory reduction:

JIS minimizes the need for stockpiling large quantities of parts or components, leading to a reduction in storage space and the costs of managing stock.

Waste reduction:

Receiving parts only when needed eliminates the risk of damage or obsolescence. There is a substantial reduction in costs related to waste management, disposal of unused parts, and recycling efforts.

Greater flexibility:

With JIS implementation, it is easier to adapt to changes in customer demand or product specifications. If changes are needed, the JIS system can adjust to meet new requirements without disrupting production. 

Improving cash flow and reducing costs:

Eliminating inventories reduces the amount of capital required to build them up. These funds are freed up for other investments or to finance other operational needs.

In addition, improving efficiency or reducing the amount of waste produced can generate significant savings and have a positive impact on a company’s profitability and competitiveness.

Real-time EDI flows dedicated to the supply chain

Just In Sequence is the supply chain optimization process inspired by Just In Time. Just In Time process is particularly used in the automotive industry. It uses EDI technologies to exchange data flows in real time between the assembly lines of carmakers and their subcontractors. With its Syflux solution, ICD International is a key player in Just In Sequence, recommended by many automakers.

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