Materials requirement planning technique developed by Toyota Corporation (as a part of just-in-time inventory system) in which work-centers signal with a card when they wish to withdraw parts from feeding operations or the supply bins. Kanban means a visible record (such as a billboard, card, label, or sign) in Japanese.

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  • Kanban was the best tool to implement in our economic strategy for understanding exactly where our inventory levels are at.

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  • Sometimes when you are working with a lot of materials it is best to take a kanban approach to make things go smoothly.

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  • My manager did not want to overload us with work, so he told us we would have a kanban system which would be great.

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