A Review of Kanban-based Manufacturing Systems

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International Journal of Research and Scientific Innovation (IJRSI) | Volume V, Issue IV, April 2018 | ISSN 2321–2705

A Review of Kanban-based Manufacturing Systems

Shobha N S*, Dr. Subramanya K N**

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* Assistant Professor, ** Principal and Professor,
Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, R V College of Engineering, Bengaluru – 560 059, Karnataka, India
Corresponding Author: Shobha N S

Abstract: – The purpose of this paper is to review the earlier research works carried out on Kanban based manufacturing and the analytical tools used to determine number of Kanbans. The review is made by considering various factors including variations of Kanban, production systems adopted in various types of organizations, and analytical tools and techniques adopted for modeling the system. One of the important finding is the behavior of modified Kanban and its effects on production systems. The results of various studies would also help in designing a novel production system which might be better than the existing systems. This review serves as guidelines for implementing Kanban system in various production systems and also to identify the critical parameters.

Keywords: Kanban, Simulation, Manufacturing, Optimization


Kanban is a framework used as a tool in lean assembly lines in various organizations. Kanban method gained popularity in automobile sector and served as an effective tool to support production system as a single unit. It helps to achieve improvement in a better way. Kanban recognizes the upper limit in the work in process inventory, thus, reducing overload in a manufacturing system environment. The Kanban framework utilizes cards for withdrawal, store, and different signs which creates and hones a smoother stream of processes in the production line. The utilization of signals and images will send a message to the assembling group. The Kanban is used to for speedy reaction between suppliers, manufacturer and warehouse and reduce the overall time of the system. There is many ways to use a Kanban system to create a uniform flow. For example, in an automated or a partially automated manufacturing unit, communication with various departments are done using electronic signals such as visual display systems known as Electronic Kanban.