Electronic Kanban (eKanban) systems can yield unparalleled inventory efficiencies without the costly consequences of lost, misplaced or damaged manual Kanban cards, according to a new Synchrono position paper. Manufacturers using eKanban systems have seen inventory turns increase as much as 91 percent; lead-times decrease by a factor of six; inventory costs cut by over half; and have eliminated up to 90 percent of their former replenishment process steps.
In its simplest terms, Kanban, whether electronic or manual, has two dynamics: The pull process and the supplier process. The pull process occurs when a plant location or customer takes material from the supermarket and consumes it – be it on an assembly line, at a work cell, in a warehouse or through a distribution center. The supplier process occurs when an external supplier, an internal plant location or work cell receives a Kanban signal and replenishes the material. In a linear sense, a Lean manufacturer pulls material through the supply chain, from supplier inputs to the assembly line, into finished goods and out the door to customers. eKanban, minus the physical cards, ensures there is one real-time version of the truth which can be seen by all, enterprise-wide, throughout multiple plants, onsite or offsite.
Companies attribute eKanban program success to a variety of factors including an enterprise-wide commitment to – and investment in – Lean continuous improvement.
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Synchrono (www.synchrono.com) demand-driven manufacturing software synchronizes complex manufacturing environments in real-time, to drive business results. For almost twenty years, Synchrono systems have helped discrete manufacturers, engineer-to-order manufacturers, and others manage constraints, improve flow and drive on-time production.
The award winning Synchrono Demand-Driven Manufacturing Platform offers five system components, including a planning, scheduling, and production management system and ekanban software for real-time inventory replenishment and supply chain collaboration. The Synchrono Platform has a unique a data collection, historian, and automated workflow engine along with an application that generates automatic alerts, escalation and action plans to minimize disruptions. Perhaps most importantly, this technology platform also includes a real-time visual factory information system. Synchrono’s prestigious customer roster includes accounts such as Orbital ATK, Cooper-Standard, Club Car, Ethicon (a Johnson & Johnson company), and Sealed Air.
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