Welcome to Lesson 4, on the subject of Kanban Basics. This lesson will cover the important principle of replenishing parts (or material) as it is actually consumed at the point of use. Think of that empty milk bottle discussed in the earlier lesson: no full bottle of milk is delivered until an empty bottle signals that milk has been consumed, and that more is needed.
Here are the key objectives of this lesson:
Start at the Point of Use (on the line). This is where the material is actually consumed, and where we will first learn that material must be replenished.
Remember that a Kanban is not just a card, or a bin. It is a signal which can take a number of different forms, or formats.
We’ll touch on the key data elements required in a Kanban signal to enable prompt and accurate replenishment of materials.
We’ll see how Kanban points of use are linked together into a Kanban Chain, bringing material from the warehouse and outside suppliers.
And finally, we’ll examine the details of a Kanban Supermarket, and why this is an important element in a Lean Material Management Strategy.