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What is Kanban

Kanban is a tool of the Just in Time supply system and aims to ensure an orderly flow of materials through the production process. Kanban originates from Japan and has been used extensively in Japanese manufacturing.

How does Kanban work?

The essence of Kanban is that materials are delivered (either to a warehouse or within a process) when required. Kanban is often supported by use of cards or containers that are used to signal that more parts are be needed in production. In case of line interruptions, each work-station will only produce enough components to fill the container and then stop.

What are the advantages of Kanban

Kanban has various advantages, itís a simple process to implement and manage, it minimizes waste and overproduction and empowers the line workers whilst retaining appropriate controls.

What are the disadvantages of Kanban?

Whilst usually the advantages outway the disadvantages, kanban does have itís problems. Setting the work in progress levels for the stock can prove complex, there is less opportunity to work ahead of schedule placing performance pressures on staff. It can be
inflexible to product mix changes and small or infrequent orders do not fit the model well.

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