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Kanban Scheduling

What It Is

What It Is

Kanban scheduling systems are among the most simple, effective and inexpensive means for manufacturing production and inventory control. The concept is proven. From Nagoya to Wichita Falls; from Windsor to Geelong; from micro-electronics to heavy steel  they reduce inventory, eliminate stockouts, displace massive computers and slash overhead. They improve both service and quality.

So why doesn't every manufacturer employ this miracle? In many situations, it is inappropriate; other methods work better. Even When Kanban is an excellent choice, firms may ignore it. Kanban scheduling often evokes strong emotional responses and sets a variety of organizational phenomena at work against it.

Kanban production control is simple yet subtle; empowering and also threatening; robust yet delicate; both adaptable and rigid; easy to explain but difficult to understand. It is a key component of most Lean Manufacturing strategies.

These pages describe kanban systems and explain where to use them. They show how to design systems, how to choose the number of cards, and describe real-life examples.Next Page Button

  • What Kanban Is

  • How Kanban Works

  • Where To Use Kanban

  • How To Design Systems

  • How To Integrate Kanban with MRP/ERP

Kanban Schematic

Kanban Schematic

The sequence & batching from the supplier can differ from the sequence and batching required by the user. The smaller these differences, the smaller the stockpoint and the more responsive the system.

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