Int. J. of Industrial and Systems Engineering   »   2012 Vol.11, No.1/2



Title: Kanban supplier system as a standardisation method and WIP reduction


Authors: Ahad Ali; Neriliz Santini; Mohammad Anwar Rahman


A Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI 48334, USA
Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, PR 00680, USA
Department of Industrial Engineering Technology, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS 39406, USA


Abstract: This paper presents a kanban production planning system as standard method of control with work-in-process (WIP) reduction for a company which makes temperature control products for trailers and other types of transportation. A kanban supplier system was established to control the quantity of raw materials for its production process which is composed of thermoforming, routing and gluing. This tool will be used to make negotiations with the supplier in order to incorporate the scrap percent into the daily demand looking for a standardisation size of the raw material. The sanitation system will help for WIP reduction. The kanban system will reduce wastes in the process, minimise inventory, reduce the lead time and will decrease capital losses.


Keywords: thermoforming; kanban supplier systems; lead times; JIT; just-in-time; WIP reduction; production planning; work-in-process; temperature control products; scrap percent; raw materials; waste reduction.


DOI: 10.1504/IJISE.2012.046663


Int. J. of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2012 Vol.11, No.1/2, pp.179 - 188


Available online: 17 Apr 2012



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