What is a Kanban?

The article offers the basic concepts of Kanban. A key tool in lean manufacturing is the kanban. Kanban is Japanese for sign or designated place. It is used in manufacturing to mean a visual signal that tells when it is time to get or make more of something. Kanban controls the amounts of raw material amounts and of material in Work In Process, smooths out flow, if sized properly, tells when and where there is a problem in the process and assures there is always just enough material on hand to make what is needed. There are thre types of Kanbans - Raw Material Kanban, In-Process Kanban, and Finished Goods Kanban. To know about these refer to the article.

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