Design and Technology KS3 / GCSE: How does planning help the production process?

Rolls Royce use 'just in time' production planning for the Trent 700 jet engine.

This saves time and money. This is the production process on a big scale.

Planning the production process is key and teamwork is essential. JIT -'just in time' production is used to stop parts being over-ordered, taking up space and costing the firm money.

Clear plans and timescales are crucial: In industry, time is money.

Teacher Notes

Could be used to introduce learners to the principles of just-in-time (JIT) manufacture.

Learners could list the advantages and disadvantages of JIT for manufacturers.

Students should develop an understanding of how products are manufactured to different scales of production, including one-offs, batch, mass, continuous, just-in-time.

They could be given a list of products and asked to determine which production method is most appropriate, giving reasons for each choice.

Another aspect that might be discussed is the use of ICT to manage the logistics of a just-in-time production line.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching KS3 and KS4/GCSE Design and Technology, materials.

This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC in England and Wales, CCEA in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 and Higher in Scotland.