In Chapter 3 you gathered data on your process in preparation for this point. In this chapter we will use the data from Chapter 3 to “size the kanban.” Or, in layman's terms, you will determine how many containers of each product you will require to effectively operate the kanban (and keep your customer supplied). Figure 4-1 expands the model started in Figure 3-1 by adding this step.

Once you start kanban scheduling, these quantities become the maximum amount of inventory held. Therefore, when all these containers are full, then you stop production. This rule is one of the major tenets of kanban scheduling—you only ...

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