An increasing number of Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers must comply with Just-In-Sequence (JIS) requirements for the automobile manufacturers. In order to be prepared to meet these business requirements, it is necessary to focus on systems capable of translating the incoming production requirements into the actual production sequence, verifying the products built, validating the truck load sequence and supporting shop floor personnel.
Needless to say, there are many benefits that result from implementation of sequencing. From the manufacturer's perspective, sequencing maximizes assembly line space, minimizes in-house inventory, increases turnaround for engineering changes due to lower inventory levels, and ultimately decreases overall cost per vehicle produced.
From the supplier's perspective, the benefits of sequencing include the fact that the visibility of required parts is more accurate, using information for production and purchasing requirements. When implemented successfully, it also increases customers' (manufacturers') satisfaction levels, opening the doors for more sequencing work from other customers.