Here you will find some typical problems / disadvantages of a manual Kanban system and the corrensponding e-Kanban solution. At many enterprises, which employ a purely manual Kanban system, often similar “problems” may occur.
Lost Kanban cards
One of the most frequent Kanban problems. Kanban cards are being lost, because of e.g., lack of discipline, lack of proper employees training, unsafe processes or too long transport routes of the Kanban cards (from the supplier to the customer) etc.
Our e-Kanban solution: By the capture of the Kanban movements by barcode scanner, the last state (e.g. EMPTY, FULL, etc.) and the last time of this state is accessible anytime. There is no guarantee , that Kanban cards could not get lost, but it will be detected very fast and the appropriate actions can be taken. If Kanban cards get lost despite of this control, a special function, which reprints the cards is available.
Too many Kanban cards by uncontrolled reprinting
Our e-Kanban solution: Such situations can be avoided completely by the employment of our e-Kanban system. If a Kanban card, which was lost and replaced by newly reprinted card will be found, this will be recognised by IKS and the old card will be removed from the process automatically. Therefore danger of unintentional increase of inventories is excluded.
Uncontrolled inventory management
Therefore an active and directed inventory management is very difficult.
Our e-Kanban solution: By the capture of the Kanban movements by barcode reader and by the storage of the historical Kanban states, all conditions for a comprehensive analysis are fulfilled.
With the IKS Analyzer we offer a software module, which allows a direct analysis of your historical inventories and consumption. Therefore the KVP team has the possibility to align the inventories optimally and to work actively on the reduction.
Difficult transfer of Kanban signals
As long as such signals are being transmitted internally, a useful solution can be found. If Kanban signals should be transmitted over bigger distances (internally as well as externally), the difficulties start. An easy, but still efficient and secure solution must be found, which causes no additional effort.
Our e-Kanban solution: By our e-Kanban solutions the transmission of signals is very easy. For IKS it plays in principle no significant role whether the Kanban signal must be transmitted internally or externally and how far, e.g., a supplier is located. Because different kinds of signal transmissions are available (e-mail, fax, Internet Portal, direct print etc.) our customers can build up a highly adaptable and easy Kanban system and optimise continuously.