Kanban and Digitalization
Kanban is a popular tool used to control material flow. It is a scheduling system and creates a Just-in-time delivery process. Kanban is a Japanese term for ‘Visual Sign’ or ‘Card’. It provides a visual indication and guides the material flow. Kanban is a very powerful tool to create a high quality efficient process.
Kanban has numerous advantages, mainly,
- It is very simple and easy to use
- It significantly improves the material flow and effectively manages the inventory. This reduces cost and waiting time.
- It helps in process visualization and promotes continuous improvement
In the era of Digitalization, mostly all the industrial processes are directed towards creating digital processes. The digitalized processes are more transparent, easy to use, highly efficient and flexible. The original Kanban process is a traditional lean tool. The Kanban Cards are manually created, printed and the card flows along the process to provide information at the required stations. The original Kanban process is now adopted with the integration of digitalization to unleash maximum potential and meet the essential demand.
Electronic Kanban (E-Kanban) is a digitalized Kanban system that provides high potential for the industries to work with Kanban process in a digital medium. The E-Kanban is a web-software that works integrated with ERP and simplifies material management system. E-Kanban is very easy to use can quickly be adopted in the system. E-Kanban is electronically linked with suppliers and customers internally and externally.
E-Kanban provides real-time communication and complete visibility along the Supply-chain process. The processes are monitored real-time and the Kanban system can be easily updated with the current and fluctuating demand. It is also an excellent tool to improve communication and delivery system between suppliers and customers.
IMIG is supporting its customers to promote digitalization and achieve next generation industrial standards. With immense advantages of E-Kanban system, IMIG will support in complete implementation, training and use of E-Kanban and aims to surge maximum benefit of the system by individually integrating it in the company.
Junior Consultant I IMIG Germany
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