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  • n. a card containing a set of manufacturing specifications and requirements, used to regulate the supply of components
  • n. a coordinated manufacturing system using such cards


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From Japanese 看板 (かんばん, kanban), visible + board or card.


  • Finally, Ohno developed a new way to coordinate the flow of parts within the supply system on a day-to-day basis, the famous just-in-time system, called kanban at Toyota.

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  • Vasco Duarte felt that the discussion was too focused on process and tools, and missed the point of kanban, which is to reduce work-in-progress.


  • Bruckner's IT support has been the backbone of the success of the integrated supply program, offering systems such as kanban, e-Crib and bar coding.

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  • The authors make a special note that "kanban" here refers to standard work documents, and not the accepted TPS definition of the kanban card as a pull system tool.

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  • In Dr. Bahri's office, they use a patient "kanban" in exactly this way - the list of expected steps the patient will need.

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  • Of course there are many examples to be found of good implementation of key lean tools such as kanban and SMED, but rarely have these truly changed the culture of the business, or even produced measurable, sustained financial benefit across the business.

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  • Visual control systems, such as kanban, two-bin, and pallet squares can sometimes reduce or even eliminate the need for most transactions and an automated system, "in the proper circumstances."

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  • In some cases, it has done so with inventions, like the andon cord, which any worker can pull to stop the assembly line if he notices a problem, or kanban, a card system that allows workers to signal when new parts are needed.

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  • Most pull applications are more complex and require either kanban cards or some other form of signal to trigger production at the next upstream process.

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  • The dealer became part of the production system as Toyota gradually stopped building cars in advance for unknown buyers and converted to a build-to-order system in which the dealer was the first step in the kanban system, sending orders for presold cars to the factory for delivery to specific customers in two to three weeks.

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