Kanban implementation between a heavy manufacturing department and foundry suppliers
Cellular manufacturing, Foundries, JIT implementation, MRPII kanban
Production Planning and Control
Implementation of JIT methods often begins in an assembly department w ith the introdu ction of kanb an. Only when the implementation program begins in the fab rication areas supplying the assembly department do the most serious problems with JIT arise. The farther back in the supply chain JIT is implemented, the harder problems become, especially in the management of outside suppliers such as foundries where economics still requires the batching of jobs. Faced with supplying a tractor assembly line, department 500, a producer of heavy cast iron transmission cases u sing transfer lines and MRP, implemented kanban not only to supply the assembly area, b ut also back to their own supplying fou ndries. The results were positive and suggest a need for creativity in JIT implementation rather than a strict adherence to a cookbook approach. © 1998, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All rights reserved.
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DOI of published version
Spencer, Michael S. and Larsen, Dennis, "Kanban implementation between a heavy manufacturing department and foundry suppliers" (1998). Faculty Publications. 3937.