We’ve all seen the ineffective material replenishment techniques. Businesses struggle to keep inventory levels down, and service levels up. At home, another unexpected trip to the store is needed since we once again have run out of a key ingredient that we thought we had. Logic says to forecast our materials in, but reality has a way of sending those plans way off course. We have seen the games – close the back door receiving area for 4 weeks and inventory will drop. Sure – materials stack up elsewhere else and eventually the slug comes in when the doors are opened. No real gains. No real value. Everyone searches for a simpler and more effective material replenishment plan; Kanban.
Enter Lean Pull – replenishing material based on actual usage. Simple. Effective. Not at all new. It’s been around for years, and the old milkman delivery methods of the past are a testament as to how it can work.
Some simple concepts covered in the attached video and podcast that 1) Starts with a simple explanation of Pull and Kanban using a cereal example and 2) ends with an optional session on setting up an Excel spreadsheet for Kanban.
- Simply Means Signal!
- Sends a signal, or “trips”
- The signal is a request for an action.
- That action results in more of the material arriving at the requesting location.
- We know when a signal has been sent.
Video Kanban Examples:
- Breakfast Cereal replenishment at home
- Excel spreadsheet setup (Yes, for Lean GEEKS)
- Home: Cereal example
- Office: Copier Paper example
- Factory: Bracket example
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Question: Have you ever tried Kanban pull at home or work; if so how did it go?
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