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Kanban is a Japanese term for a visual system used to trigger activity upstream in a given process. The most important point to remember about a Kanban system is that the best Kanban system is none at all - as the system is only a substitute when you are unable to implement single piece flow in your process. This video program takes you inside Carver Pump Company, Muscatine, IA, which uses Kanban cards, bins, and visual replenishment to deliver a wide variety of military and commercial pumps. A second example of Kanban is at Ariens Company, Brillion, WI, which converted from a computer-based inventory control system to using Kanban to trigger each step in its process of building snow blowers and lawn mowers. In the video's summary, six simple rules are presented that must be followed to make your Kanban system successful. Run Time: 26 minutes
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