Cleveland, Ohio – Toyota’s Kanban system of publicly sharing manufacturing data with everyone on the shop floor, via electronic billboards at most plants, has become an industry standard as companies have come to recognize that having everyone operating from the same information boosts productivity.
Efficiencies gained from sharing data with the entire team can ensure on-time deliveries to customers, eliminating late fees that can run into the millions of dollars quickly if companies don’t get control of their operations.
Andrew Robling, principal product manager for manufacturing and supply chain for Epicor Software Corp., says during the 2008-2009 downturn in the auto industry led Epicor to develop virtual Kanban tools for its software to improve information sharing with employees.
“We really needed to empower the shop floor operator with the information he needed to make good decisions that would not lead to problem inventory,” Robling says. He adds that better information to line workers make it apparent when production lines are making too many or too few parts, giving everyone in the factory the ability to hit on-time delivery targets.
“There are several different ways to calculate Kanban quantity, but one of the more popular ways is to calculate Kanban quantity based on actual customer releases,” Robling says. Using such tools to better manage factory output helps companies optimize manpower and working capital, he adds.
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Robling joined Epicor Software in 1998, and brings more than 20 years success in manufacturing and automotive supply chain management positions. He worked his summers, while attending college, in a Plastic Injection Molding plant that specialized in making parts for the Automotive Supply Chain. He started in the ERP/MES world as a successful implementer of CMS ERP into the Automotive space and has spent time as an Implementer, Solution Engineer, and a Product Manager while working with Epicor. Andrew manages key product and market initiatives for Epicor products. Andrew was educated at Princeton University and currently resides in Georgetown, Ontario, Canada, with his wife and 4 kids.
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