Creating Valuable Human Capital to drive Lean through Kanban Pull training
Kanban Pull is the fundamental mechanism used in Pull Production where parts and WIP are produced only when required downstream in the manufacturing process. Each kanban system is designed to meet the needs of that particular process. The step by step approach to design the kanban system is explained through lectures and exercises in this class.
Kanban Pull may used in the shop-floor as well as in the office. This video explains how a kanban board is used for office based processes to create a steady flow and cadence. Before being pulled the work tasks are prioritized. One of the ways of doing this is the triaging method. Video
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