Kanban is an easy method to set up a demand-oriented flow of material, ensuring that production or delivery only takes place if a subsequent process demand exists. Sources of information (triggers of production) are either cards, containers or signals.

The number of Kanban is determined in such a way that no missing parts will occur and the inventory is reduced on one hand to the lowest possible level and  on the other hand is limited. Depending on the requirement either transport, production or supplier Kanban is applied.

The objective of Kanban is to reduce throughput and reaction times which increases delivery capability – this results in satisfied customers. Kanban also reduces drastically complexity in control mechanisms and therefore relieves indirect organizational areas. This results in a self controlling system with optimal flow of material.

Content / Structure

  • Training of participants including practical exercises. Target group: production planning and control, production and logistics
  • Check of process / part compatibility to Kanban
  • Definition of implementation area
  • Dimensioning of Kanban
  • Structuring Kanban layout and Kanban workplaces
  • Optimization of lot sizes, setup times, material flow, throughput time and replenishment time in KanbanCycles
  • Development of disposition strategies
  • Inclusion of suppliers and customers into Kanban cycles
  • Possible integration of IT (e-Kanban, PPS, SAP, etc.)
  • Implementation of supermarkets
  • Implementation of visualization concepts
  • Implementation support
  • Organization of Kanban tools e.g. cards, boards, containers, shelves

What do you get on top of this?

  • Transparent processes view by using value stream analysis
  • Additionally we focus on SMED workshops. By optimizing lot sizes, reducing set-up times and through-put times we achieve further effects such as reduced overall inventory and lower capital cost.
  • Our partner, V2 Advanced Engineering & Sales GmbH, provides Kanban Kits on a short term basis.