16 Apr 2018

How Kanban Works: Part 3 of 3 – Checking & Acting

2018-04-23T07:17:44-04:00April 16th, 2018|Categories: Inventory Management, Lead Time Reduction, Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , , |

Continuous improvement is only possible if you're actively looking for problems. In fact, auditing is just as crucial to the whole process as planning is to setting up a new kanban system. By frequently giving your attention to the various parts of the process, you will be able to catch problems while they are small...

9 Apr 2018

How Kanban Works: Part 2 of 3 – Kanban Doing

2018-04-09T10:18:05-04:00April 9th, 2018|Categories: Inventory Management, Lead Time Reduction, Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , , |

The Do stage of the kanban cycle is the actual execution of the system. Tools like kanban cards and kanban boards are used to trigger orders and plan their arrival so that they arrive in time without spending too much time as space-wasting storage...

2 Apr 2018

How Kanban Works: Part 1 of 3 – Kanban Planning

2018-04-09T08:40:21-04:00April 2nd, 2018|Categories: Inventory Management, Lead Time Reduction, Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , , |

When kanban is properly implemented, efficient part replenishment will happen in a continuous cycle: parts are used, orders are triggered, new parts are delivered on time and then those parts are consumed. The loop only works, though, if all of the particulars of the system are in working order. You can ensure this with a Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle...

26 Mar 2018

Kanban Bin Trigger Timing: Part 3 of 3 – Mid-Point-1-Card Kanban

2018-03-25T17:55:28-04:00March 26th, 2018|Categories: Inventory Management, Lead Time Reduction, Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , , |

A third kanban trigger method is the mid-point trigger, which is only ever employed with a one-card kanban system. One-card kanban systems are only used in special cases for a few reasons...

19 Mar 2018

Kanban Bin Trigger Timing: Part 2 of 3 – Empty-a-Bin Method

2018-03-26T07:42:09-04:00March 19th, 2018|Categories: Inventory Management, Lead Time Reduction, Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , , |

Just as the Break-a-Bin method is a beginning trigger point, Empty-a-Bin is an end trigger point. When the last piece or part of a bin has been used (and the bin has been emptied), the kanban card is triggered. As compared to its counterpart...

12 Mar 2018