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Implementing Kanban Alternatives in Lean Manufacturing
Kanban@the Japanese term for physical or visual signs that trigger replenishment, which can be a useful part of lean manufacturing@is not a good fit in some

kanban  Kanban Alternatives in Lean Manufacturing Kanban—the Japanese term for physical or visual signs that trigger replenishment, which can be a useful part of lean manufacturing—is not a good fit in some situations. Alternatives to kanban can also eliminate waste in lean production by addressing inventory, materials, and replenishment process needs. Learn more on how you can find alternatives to kanban to make your enterprise resource planning (ERP) system “leaner.” Read More
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Kawasaki Plant Switches to Electronic Kanban System Using LANSA's Technology
There was a new LANSA case study released yesterday that really grabbed my attention. LANSA is a Chicago-based developer and IT services provider that is

kanban  Plant Switches to Electronic Kanban System Using LANSA's Technology There was a new LANSA case study released yesterday that really grabbed my attention. LANSA is a Chicago-based developer and IT services provider that is primarily known for its solutions for legacy systems users who generally want to upgrade their systems but are not ready to shake the entire company up with an implementation of brand new software. Companies may feel that after many years their existing system is tuned to the company's Read More
A Primer on Lean Manufacturing Using Microsoft Dynamics AX: Case Studies
To enable organizations to support lean and traditional manufacturing practices in a single system, Microsoft Dynamics AX has incorporated lean manufacturing

kanban  replenishment. The definition of kanban policies governs the creation and behavior of kanban tickets, as described in part one of this series (please see A Primer on Lean Manufacturing Using Microsoft Dynamics ). Case studies provide one approach for understanding how kanbans support variations in lean practices, including the case where a work cell has demands stemming from kanbans and production orders. For more background, please see excerpts from the book Managing Your Supply Chain Using Microsoft Read More
The Effective Supply Chain
In The Effective Supply Chain, learn how your manufacturing operation can employ cross-organizational traceability, kanban loops, EDI, and supplier...

kanban  can employ cross-organizational traceability, kanban loops, EDI, and supplier portals to: cut costs reduce lead times reduce inventories increase visibility throughout the supply chain In today's challenging business environment, manufacturers must leverage supply chain advances to compete successfully. Learn how in The Effective Supply Chain . Download your PDF copy today. For assistance, please contact customer service. Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM EST. Phone: +1 514-954-3665, ext.367. Special Offer Files Read More
A Primer on Lean Manufacturing Using Microsoft Dynamics AX
Lean manufacturing constructs have been incorporated into the Microsoft Dynamics AX package, enabling firms to support lean and traditional manufacturing

kanban  specific item and quantity. Kanban Policies and Kanban Tickets Kanban policies and kanban tickets differentiate two key contexts for kanbans. Kanban policies govern creation and behavior of kanban tickets. A kanban ticket for an empty container signals the need to replenish an item, and reporting the receipt of a kanban ticket updates the item's inventory balance. The status of a kanban ticket indicates whether the container is empty or not. Kanban policies are defined for an item and a specified Read More
Using Inventory Optimization to Reduce Inventory Levels in a Lean Environment
Small and medium businesses (SMB) need to address inventory challenges by using a tightly integrated approach that reflects the dynamics of the extended supply

kanban  stock levels, safety stock, Kanban and economic batch quantities (EBQs) . But these methods fail to take external factors into account, such as supply and demand, resulting in inventory levels that do not truly refl ect market conditions. Inventory optimization solutions take it to the next level. And while these solutions are readily available, they come in the form of boltons that often require ongoing consultancy services - not just during the critical integration and implementation phases - to Read More
Lean and World Class Manufacturing and the Information Technology Dilemma-The Loss of Corporate Cons
Companies relying on manual implementation and support for lean and world class methodologies risk losing corporate consciousness. Avoid the pitfalls of lost

kanban  balancing decisions and calculate kanban (pull/replenishment signal) quantities. Spreadsheets and manual models are also useful for basic heijunka (mixed model) load balancing to smooth the demand for a given period over constrained resources and materials. A relatively simple spreadsheet can easily be created to demonstrate how this works. Figure 1 illustrates the dynamic of increasing shifts in demand combined with higher levels of product variation, in design and mix, create higher risk. Figure 1. The Read More
IFS Has A Magic Growth Formula; But What About Profitability?
In November, IFS, a business applications vendor with headquarters in Linkoping, Sweden, reported results for Q3 2000. IFS will enter 2001 with a new product

kanban  manufacturing with support for Kanban. Integrated Business Performance solution with Data Warehouse and Cube configurator capabilities. Despite IFS ' presence in 42 countries, the challenge of further international expansion and brand awareness remains. The perception of poor scalability and less-than-global presence within the higher-end of the market are the hurdles yet to be overcome. There is also room for improvement in its currently undeveloped indirect channel, which has been a major success Read More
Lean Manufacturing: Reaping the Rewards of Lean through Response Management
For years, manufacturers have been driven by sales forecasts and the need to maximize production efficiency at every level of operation. But in order to be

kanban  pointof- use storage and Kanban replenishment impractical. Value: A product or service's capability provided to a customer at the right time, at an appropriate price, as defined in each case by the customer. Value Added Time: Time for those work elements that transform the product in a way the customer is willing to pay for. Value Stream: All the activities, both value-added and nonvalue-added, required for a product to go from raw material into the hands of the customer, a customer requirement from order Read More
Sorting Through the ERP, Lean MFG, APS, and MES Clutter - Part 2
<!--StartFragment-->Part 1 of this blog series started with the fact that the ability to sense demand and become a demand-driven (responsive) business is more

kanban  for many manufacturing environments, kanban systems as a way to control production only go part of the way to completely satisfy a  make-to-order (MTO)  environment. Dedicated resources in manufacturing cells, which kanban systems tend to force to accommodate the  group technology (GT)  design, rarely provide the agility and flexibility companies need in case of variable demand and a changing product mix. Along similar lines, lean is often based on the concept of Period Batch Control (PBC) with its Read More
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