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

Authors: Ahad Ali; Neriliz Santini; Mohammad Anwar Rahman

Addresses: 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

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

Published online: 17 Apr 2012 *

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