just in time

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Adv.1.just in time - at the last possible moment; "she was saved in the nick of time"
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This hospital seemed to be operating on a just-in-time inventory system, with the doctors and nurses having to be ever watchful and solely responsible for something not there or something going wrong.
Purchasing from suppliers in potential trouble spots, such as part of Asia and South America, has increased significantly in the past few years as companies seek less expensive products to feed just-in-time inventory systems. In meeting these goals, companies tend to balance only cost and service as they try to get products of a specific quality within a certain amount of time for the least amount of money.
Acceptable downtimes in manufacturing industries are shrinking as businesses adopt Just-in-Time inventory systems, eliminate redundant operations and forgo maintaining adequate alternative capability and capacity that could otherwise facilitate timely shifts in operations.