Kanban cards and other production flow indicators are typically used in lean business models and just in time manufacturing where raw materials are received and immediately placed into production. The Kanban card helps the manufacturing flow and other departments communicate what needs to be produced and what materials are needed for the production process.
In a nutshell :
- Kanban (Japanese for sign) is an inventory control system used in just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing to track production and order new shipments of parts and materials.
- Kanban was developed by Taiichi Ohno, an industrial engineer at Toyota, and uses visual cues to prompt the action needed to keep a process flowing.
- One of the main goals of kanban is to limit the buildup of excess inventory at any point on the production line.