Electronic Kanban Not Fax to Signal Replenishment
The use of supermarkets is a kanban best practice. They insure steady availability of material to consuming cells, albeit at a cost of maintaining some inventory buffer. But how do supermarkets stay stocked at the minimum inventory levels? Manufacturers, like DJ Orthopedics has linked the supermarket electronically to internal suppliers in their machine shop. This level of e-kanban Lean efficiency is accomplished through Signum, the product of Datacraft Solutions (http://www.datacraftsolutions.com).
FAX Kanban is Not Efficient and Not Lean
At ten minutes per fax, someone is spending 3.5 hours per day in administration time. That inefficiency results in less time to utilize more suppliers or improve the...
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