Kanban meaning

känbän
A method or system of arranging to have parts, raw materials, etc. delivered just as they are needed in the manufacturing process.
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Meaning "visible record" in Japanese, it is a system of notification from one process to the other in a manufacturing system. Kanban cards, which may be multicolored based on priority, are stored in a bin or container that holds the items. They describe the parts, supplier and quantity. When the bin is emptied, the Kanban is used to order more. A two-card Kanban system uses "move" cards to relocate items from one workplace to another and "production" cards to replace the material when it is used or sold.
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A coordinated manufacturing system using such cards.
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Origin of kanban

  • From Japanese 看板 (かんばん, kanban), 看 visible + 板 board or card.

    From Wiktionary