Achieving efficiencies in manufacturing can be challenging, especially when you consider the variety of products and commodities across all industries. However, lean principles and kanban systems applied to manufacturing operations and materials management enable companies to achieve significant improvements in productivity and quality at reduced inventory levels.
Lean principles are well-established systems that are essential to optimize complex activities. The concept was first introduced by the Toyota Motor Corporation, known as the Toyota Production System (TPS), which became known as lean manufacturing. It substantially reduced labor hours per vehicle compared to major international competitors.
Lean manufacturing is a total system encompassing product design, equipment selection, materials management, quality assurance, line layout, and job design that results in productivity improvement. A component of lean manufacturing is the kanban system, which controls production and material flows to reduce inventory.
This course focuses on the broader aspects of lean manufacturing and describes the strengths and weaknesses of and alternatives to kanban systems.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
List the six key principles of lean manufacturing systems.
Identify how to calculate kanbans.
Identify how kanbans enable mixed model production.