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Kanban is one tool within the just in time production system. Kanban is used to connect information flow to the necessary action or production of a customer need.
The Kanban system works off of the pull of the customer creating a more demand driven enterprise which results in lower inventory levels, less waiting and better control of production amounts. The Japanese word loosely translated means card, billboard or sign but often times other sensory notifications such as empty spaces, cones or lights are used to notify a supplier of a customer need. In the purest sense, Kanban is a trigger. The card, was an early method used to help people learn act on a trigger for replenishment and manage the demand associated with the need. Essentially the Kanban Card and other triggers were used to help manage the replenishment and behaviors associated with replenishing inventory.
Examples of Kanban
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