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HARTLEY CONSULTING
Solving
Complex Operational and Organizational Problems

PROJECT: Developed Just-in-Time Scheduling for Inventory Control

Dr. Dean S. Hartley III


Project Metadata Keywords
Label Name Other Year DurationYrs
Client Milliken & Co. Carpets Milliken & Co.
Dates 1979 0.25
Employer Milliken Inc
Partner N/A
Data collection
Financial analysis
Forecasting
Industrial issues
Inventory control
Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP)
Productivity
Scheduling
Software issues
Textiles

DETAILS

As production planning manager for Milliken's carpet business, I developed what was later called just-in-time scheduling.  The concept was to order raw materials for delivery as close as possible to the time they would be needed.  We already had work-in-progress inventories at very low levels.  The initial goal was to reduce inventory.  The effort was successful; however, we found that the biggest benefit was in increased quality.  With low raw materials inventory, incorrectly processed materials could not be hidden away for later reworking.  Futher, there was no spare inventory to make up for mistakes, so everyone realized it had to be done right the first time.


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