Kanban: Inventory and Demand Management

This course is designed to introduce participants to another visual factory tool that helps control the levels of inventory along with establishing controls used for scheduling work center production. The course will discuss the reasons, rewards, roadblocks and challenges of using kanban signals and supermarket inventory to manage the movement and storage of material. Each participant will see the importance of synchronizing the information and material flow in the facility. Key characteristics such as lead time, takt time, inventory valuation, excessive changeover, material shortages, first time quality, and unbalanced processes will be discussed and the impact shown. The participant will be able to see the impact of continuous improvement on the material management system. This introductory class will give participants enough information to start implementing in their own facility.

Class Details

Class Name:
Kanban: Inventory and Demand Management
This introductory course is appropriate for employees, supervisors, purchasing agents, engineers, and managers who are considering using visual management tools on the shop floor to help store, move and replenish material.
1 Day Course

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the elements of a kanban system
  • Describe the elements of a supermarket and when they should be used
  • Describe what role demand has on supermarkets and kanbans
  • Describe the impact waste has on the "signaling system"
  • Understand how continuous improvement is used to drive inventory levels lower and lower

Outline At-a-Glance

  • What is a Kanban System?
  • What is a Supermarket?
  • What is Real Demand: Takt Time
  • Impact of Waste on Kanban and Supermarkets
  • Pull Systems: A Case Study

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