Kanban Training

Implementing a KanBan Pull System

Course Description
A Kanban Pull System is a Lean technique that is used to control the flow of work by only replacing what has been consumed. This means that the trigger for work to be done is when a customer demands it. To better visualize a Pull System, take for example a vending machine. Products will only be replenished when the stocks have run out. Suppliers won’t overstock the vending machine because each lane has a set capacity. If there is no demand for the product, then they won’t replenish it.

In the vending machine example, the customer pulls products from the vending machine. Having an empty rack is a signal for the vending company to tap their brand partners to replenish their stocks. Therefore, the vending company also pulls products from the brand partners. All these happen because they act according to customer demand.

This Kanban workshop provides participants with a thorough understanding of the tools and techniques for the design and implementation of a Consumption Based Replenishment System. Students will gain comprehensive knowledge of the proper use and implementation techniques of a pull system utilizing Kanban and the warnings of inappropriate/ill-timed implementation.

Who Should Attend
This course is designed for Production Control/Planning, Operations Managers and Supervisors, and Floor Staff.

Learning Objectives
Through training, participants will learn:

  • The Principle of Heijunka/Production Smoothing
  • How Kanban started
  • Kanban Objectives
  • The Kanban System (definitions and supermarkets)
  • Essentials of Kanban System
  • Function of the Kanban System
  • Use of Kanban
  • Transportation
  • Production Planning and Adapting to Demand Fluctuations
  • Effects of the Kanban System

Course Outline

  • What is a Pull System? 
  • Benefits of Pull versus Push
  • Components of a Pull System
  • Simulating a Push and a Pull System
  • Prerequisites for a successful Pull System
  • Hands-on practice designing a pull system


Course Format
8 hours
Combination lecture and classroom exercises
Available on-site at your organization and virtually

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