Kanban is a technique that was developed by the engineers at Toyota with an important aim: to increase the efficiency of the manufacturing process. Since then, it has become widely used not only in the automotive but also other industrial sectors. Being one of the key methods of lean manufacturing (also referred to as just-in-time manufacturing or pull system), the kanban system allows for efficient production scheduling and material movement based on customer requests. Kanban cards are used to indicate when more goods are needed. In other words, you only produce when it is necessary and thus avoid unnecessary inventories.
The Industry 4.0 revolution is all about digital transformation. Digital solutions have started replacing the traditional paper-based ones, the kanban system being no exception. Compared to manual kanban systems, electronic kanban (ekanban) systems bring a number of benefits, including:
The ekanban application Production Control offers an extensive functionality that allows for multi-level production planning, scheduling and execution. It enables the digitalization of process workflow for both make-to-order and make-to-stock production strategies. You can use it as a standalone solution or we can integrate it with your existing ERP (SAP) or other 3rd party systems. And if you decide to implement it with other Productoo applications, you will get the most out of the Smart Factory experience.
Some of the top features of Production Control include: