Creform's Kanban Stations Create a Demand-Driven Production System

Originally titled 'Kanban Stations Create a Demand-Driven Production System'

The Creform Kanban system is a series of cards that represent visual cues containing routing information, process procedures and component data functions as a scheduling system for continuous improvement, lean and just-in-time production. 

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The Creform Kanban system is a series of cards that represent visual cues containing routing information, process procedures and component data functions as a scheduling system for continuous improvement, lean and just-in-time production.  The Kanban system allows participants to achieve the objectives of reducing costs by eliminating waste and scrap, improving quality control, developing flexible workstations responsive to change, and allowing workers to reach their maximum potential.

Should a Kanban system not be presented in its own level of simplicity, it can add confusion and disorder to the process.  A large, bulky filing system for storing and distributing the cards can quickly undermine its acceptance and use.  The simple answer is to build Kanban stations using the Creform system of plastic-coated steel pipe and joint components along with Creform Kanban plastic dividers and spacers that provide compartmental storage for the cards. 

The dividers/spacers interlock with one another without adhesive and can be oriented vertically or horizontally. Available in white only, they are 6-1/4″ deep, 4″ tall and 5/8″ wide.  Spacers create wider slot openings and slot caps provide a labeling surface or can be used to block off positions. These modular units can be stacked in numerous width-height configurations that match users requirements. 

The Kanban station, as shown, was custom designed and built for a Creform customer.  It features six rows, each with 96 kanban slots oriented vertically. An additional 30 slots across the bottom are oriented horizontally, equaling 606 total positions. The panels across the top are for the user’s signage. Four swivel casters, two locking, make these stations highly mobile to use throughout its facility. 

Kanban stations can be designed as stationary structures or integrated into workstations, supermarket flow racks or manufacturing cells. Creform pipe is offered in a selection of standard and custom colors allowing these stations to be color coded by department or type of use.