For an international automotive supplier for rubber products, the pull signal oriented material flow is a proven element in the material management arena. Within this project the Kanban principles have been extended for critical tools and repair processes. We started with a workshop covering the theory and then we move to the shop floor and implemented the Kanban principle directly on the shop floor.
Implementation of Kanban for an automotive supplier
As an immediate result the inventory was reduced, transparency was gained the availability of materials and tools have been improved even within the workshop. This initial activity was the showcase for further projects to implement a pull signal based material flow in the manufacturing.
We used our internet based Kanban solution COIN-K for the linkage of pull signals between European and Mexican facilities. Based on this pilot the requirements of cross location Kanban have been defined and later realized in the used ERP system.
You can see the principles of Kanban in this model.
Innovation Award for Internet-Kanban (COIN-K)
conmotion GmbH wins an award at the Competition for Innovation in Hannover in 2002. The product COIN-K establishes a transparent and effective logistics flow tool in multi tier supply chain environments.