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Tell me a suggestion you have made that was implemented in lean manufacturing field?

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It's important here to focus on the word "implemented". "There's nothing wrong with having a thousand great ideas, but if the only place they live is on your notepad what's the point? Better still you need a good ending. If your previous company took your advice and ended up going bankrupt, that's not such a great example either.Be prepared with a story about an idea of yours that was taken from idea to implementation and considered successful.

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What is Just-in-time(JIT)?

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Just-in-time,or lean manufacturing, is a production management philosophy built around the continuous reduction of waste. It is suited for businesses where production efficiency is key. Anything that interferes with productivity is waste and,therefore, the enemy under JIT systems. Techniques that support JIT philosophy include reducing inbound inventory by creating supplier delivery schedules, minimizing outbound stock with customer delivery schedules and constant work in-house reducing scrap material and wasted man-hours. These techniques improve cash flow and maximize sales margins.

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What is Flow control?

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Flow control, also called optimized production technology, focuses on the efficient flow of material through the production process. The philosophy of flow control focuses on bottlenecks. For example, an owner using flow control will not buy a machine capable of 1,000 units an hour if supply 500 units. Examine systems and determine where lowest flow is experienced, then address that point and make sure it operates at full capacity. Flow control applies well where maximum productivity is required.

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What experience do you have in lean manufacturing field?

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Hopefully if you're applying for this position you have bags of related experience and if that's the case you should mention it all. But if you're switching careers or trying something a little different, your experience may initially not look like it's matching up. That's when you need a little honest creativity to match the experiences required with the ones you have. People skills are people skills after all, you just need to show how customer service skills can apply to interrnal management positions, and so on. 

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What is Materials Requirement Planning?

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A given quantity of finished goods requires a given quantity of raw materials and components to make them. Materials requirement planning systems to make them. Materials requirements planning systems are computerized tools that manage when materials must be ordered to supply production at a later date. MRP is effective when output quantities are known.Small business owners are often their own MRP systems,storing the information needed to supply prodution in their knowledge and experience. Activities such as computer tracking inventory and forecasting demand are MRP activities.

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