Use “Pull” Systems to Avoid Overproduction

Feb 28th, 2009

You can effectively use pull-replenishment systems in the office to save money and help avoid shortages of supplies. Most offices use some form of pull system already. Nobody knows exactly how many pencils, erasers, or reams of paper will be used in an office. If there were a standing, scheduled order of all these things, […]

Feb 27th, 2009

The Toyota Way is not preoccupied with adhering to Principle 3, Use “pull” systems to avoid overproduction. There are many examples of push scheduling throughout Toyota. One example is when dealing with parts shipped from Japan to the United States or even moved across the United States. They use traditional scheduling systems to order these […]

Feb 26th, 2009

A true one-piece-flow system would be a zero-inventory system where goods just appear when they are needed by the customer. The closest system Toyota has devised to achieve this is the one-piece flow cell that builds to order only at the precise time the product is needed. But when pure flow is not possible because […]

Feb 25th, 2009

One way to demystify the concept of kanban is by thinking of simple examples of pull-replenishment systems in everyday life. Like when you decide to buy gas for your car. Does your gas tank get filled according to a schedule? Would you consider simply filling the tank once per week on Monday morning? I doubt […]

Feb 24th, 2009

Taiichi Ohno and his associates were fascinated by the importance of the supermarket to daily life in America in the 1950s. It captured the imagination of retailers in Japan and was imported there, where Ohno studied it close up. Though Ohno recognized from the start that in many cases inventory was necessary to allow for […]