Kanban & Pull Systems
Kanban & Pull Systems
Kanban & Pull Systems use a signal to trigger the movement, production or supply of a unit of material or information. It is a workflow management tool designed to assist in visualising work, maximising efficiency and being agile.
The Japanese word Kanban translates as billboard or signboard. The approach means that production is based on customer demand, rather than the standard push practice to produce goods and pushing them to the market.
The core purpose of Kanban is to minimise waste activities without affecting productivity. The main goal is to create more value for the customer without generating additional costs.
In the late 1940s, Toyota was studying supermarkets with a view to applying some of their management techniques to their work. This interest came about because in a supermarket the customer can get what is needed at the time needed in the amount needed. Certainly, the supermarket only stocks what it believes it will sell. In addition, the customer only takes what they need because future supply is assured. As a result, this led Toyota to view earlier processes as a store. Therefore, the process goes to this store to get its needed components and the store then replenishes those components. It is the rate of this replenishment, which is controlled by Kanban, that gives the permission to produce.
Most importantly, this workshop presents the concept of Kanban and how it can be used to control items in a process. It demonstrates how Kanban is designed to supply what is required, when it is required.
1. Why Kanban & Pull Systems?
2. The Problem of too much Work-in-Progress
3. The concept of Just in Time (JIT)
4. Benefits of JIT
5. Types of Kanban & Implementing these Systems
6. One Piece Flow and Demand/Pull
1. How Pull systems can replace traditional re-ordering systems.
2. How a disciplined approach can ensure no shortages whilst minimising work-in-progress.
3. How to design a Kanban system, train people in its operation and calculate accurate quantities.
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