Kanban (Pull System) cascades schedules throughout the entire production system. In traditional mass production manufacturing where products are being pushed to the customers from the factory, meanwhile in a Lean Manufacturing facility Kanban is used to “Pull” production from customer demand. Production is dictated by the actual demand of the customer.
Lean Masters installs Kanban (Pull System) where continuous flow is not possible to avoid overproduction. We use Visual Control with Kanban to make it easy to see if the operation has the correct amount of inventory.
Sayings from Mr. Taiichi Ohno, founder of the Toyota Production System:
- Make your workplace into a showcase that can be understood by everyone at a glance.
- In terms of quality, it means to make the defects immediately apparent.
- In terms of quantity, it means that progress or delay, measured against the plan, and is made immediately apparent.
- When this is done, problems can be discovered immediately, and everyone can initiate improvement plans.