Kanban Containers

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Definition: Kanban Containers

Kanban is a signaling system used for controlling production in a pull based lean system. This tool is used to make the production system a pull based system rather than a push based system. Kanban helps to smoothen the flow of work , eliminate wastes in the value stream and improve its quality.

There are different elements used as Kanban: cards, squares, container, colored golf balls etc.

Kanban containers are empty containers which are used as the signaling device in the JIT production system. The empty container is sent to the factory floor, which indicates the need to fill it. The amount by which it has to be filled up is indicated by the number of containers that are sent to the production line.

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