"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to Change" - Darwin
GOLF |   - LEAN and LEARNING   ||||     KANBAN


The concept of pull in lean production means to respond to the pull, or demand, of the customer. Lean manufacturers design their operations to respond to the ever-changing requirements of customers. Those able to produce to the pull of customers do not need to manufacture goods that traditional batch-and-queue manufacturers must rely on. The planning for delivery of product to customers is less troublesome, and demand becomes more stable if customers have confidence in knowing that they can get what they want when they want it.

Kanban is a Japanese word that means "instruction card". Kanbans are manual pull devices that allow an efficient means to transfer parts from one department to another and automatically reorder products using minimum/maximum inventory levels. A Kanban is a signal, such as an empty container returned to the start of the assembly line, that signals the need for replenishment of materials to a user.


The unpredictable and expensive batch-and-queue method of manufacturing, coupled with unreliable forecasting associated with traditional production models, is replaced with reliable, predictable, Kanban systems.


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