Kanban in practice.

KANBAN Board

Kanban board, the tool in the Kanban system

The Kanban method is a concept of economic production control. The basic principles were developed long ago by the Toyota group in Japan. The Japanese word "Kanban" is translated as display or shuttle card. The core idea is to design a value-added process as a continuous flow. However, there are always points in value streams where no constant flow production is possible and therefore has to be produced in batch quantities. Reasons for this can be very long or short cycle times, or workstations that are located far apart or unreliable processes. This is where the Kanban system or the Kanban board comes into play. You want to get advice on the topic Kanban Board? Then please contact us immediately.

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Kanban board in the company

In practice, the Kanban method is often used at the production site.

What is a Kanban System?

The Kanban system reduces current stocks and finished goods. This reduces capital commitment and inventory-caused waste. Stocks are limited, so that it is not possible to exceed the set stock level, flexibility towards fluctuating customer requirements is increased, production control is drastically simplified. The Kanban system is also often referred to as the supermarket principle: A consumer takes pre-produced goods from a shelf. The supermarket operator refills the removed quantities. This means for the production: Planning interventions are only necessary with regard to the quantity to be stocked and the time of ordering. This reduces planning and control activities in daily operations to a minimum. The processes are linked via a buffer store, in which the supplier provides the produced parts and from which the customer takes the parts. Kanban thus replaces conventional order control with consumption control by creating a linked, self-controlling control loop from two consecutive processes. The control loop consists of a process that consumes parts, the customer, and an upstream process that produces parts, the supplier. The kanban card serves as an order document. Depending on the specific requirements, different types of Kanban are used: traffic light Kanban, container Kanban, double circuit Kanban.

Why is a Kanban Board useful?

Medium-sized companies in particular have recognized that not only low-variant manufacturing operations benefit from Kanban control. With the right tools, productivity and speed advantages can be successfully realized even with a large number of variants. The central organizational tool is the Kanban Board. It offers planners and employees alike the opportunity to gain a comprehensive overview of requirements and stocks and to control their work processes within the team themselves.

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The advantages of the Kanban Board at a glance:

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  • Time saving - the open tasks are immediately visible to every team member. Time consuming meetings are eliminated.
  • Teamwork is strengthened through better coordination
  • Great transparency - everyone in the team is aware of the status quo
  • Improvement of work results through constant adjustments and more fluid work and production processes.
  • Increase of motivation and satisfaction in the team

How does the Kanban Board work?

The Kanban Board is designed specifically for each company, but the way it works is always similar: The cards are inserted into the compartments of the Kanban Board row by row or column by column. The card compartments are often divided into traffic light colors. The cards are sorted starting with the green compartments. When the first kanban card has reached the yellow field, this signals that the previously defined lot size has been reached and production can begin. If a card reaches the red field, production must start, otherwise the supply of the downstream process would be endangered.

Chart of supermarket principle of Kanban Method.

The supermarket principle according to the Kanban method.

Kanban Board Channel Planner V.

Kanban Board with Channel Planner V

The Kanban Board with Channel Planner V is equipped with flexibly, self-clamping tracks for the intake of Kanban cards. A stable frame borders the Channel Planner-boards. Due to the modular design of the planning board, a later extension is possible at any time. The accessories of the planning board Channel Planner V enables an easily recognisable and clearly presented arrangement of information: Barrier strips reduce or bar the width of the tracks to a width predetermined by the operator. That way only the the desired amount of cards can be placed into every track. Yellow and red marking clamp strips are used for the visual definition of the Kanban status areas “Start” and “Urgent”.

Kanban Board with Cascading Display Comparament.

Kanban Board with Cascading Display Comparament

The Kanban Board Cascading Display Comparament is a modular system of metal pockets. Through a simple, imbricated set up of the single elements, a robust Kanban planning board is created. If that is what you want, we produce distinct, customer specific solutions and offer individual colour schemes.

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Through Kanban Board more personal responsibility & improved communication in the team

"A great advantage of the Kanban Board is the necessity of communication within the team, i.e. between departments and between employees themselves. The shift managers hold their meetings daily in front of the Kanban Board. The introduction of this system has also successfully strengthened the personal responsibility of the leading employees. We can now generally rely on a seamless flow of information across departments".

Gerhard Hintsteiner, Production Planning, Georg Fischer GmbH & Co. KG in Altenmarkt

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WEIGANG Pocket system for Kanban.

Designing Kanban with Pocket Systems

The WEIGANG document pockets ensure that Kanban cards are reliably and neatly attached to products and containers. The transparent pocket is solidly fused to the rigid film on the rear wall. Thereby, it can be reused again over a long period of time and many cycles. In order to securely attach the document pockets to practically any kind of container, pallet cage, cardboard, or packages, WEIGANG offers a selection of different attachment options. Pockets in various formats are available for individual customer requirements. >> to the produkt