The Principles And Planning Process Of An Electronic Kanban System

  • I.A. Kouri
  • T.J. Salmimaa
  • I.H. Vilpola
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The ideas of pull production managed by kanban-cards are well documented in the literature and are in practice worldwide. The advance of ICT technologies like RFID technology presents us with the opportunity to develop more advanced ICT supported electronic kanban solutions. This study defines the factors influencing the success of electronic kanban systems and describes how they should be taken into account in the planning process.

The study suggests that the understanding of original pull planning philosophy is important. The shop floor practices refined in leading companies utilizing the pull production system have to taken into account while planning the practical ICT applications. The UCD process is important, since the original ideas have to be infused in shop floor information and material flow control systems where the human-computer system interaction takes place.


Batch Size Shop Floor Truck Driver User Centered Design Kanban System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • I.A. Kouri
    • 1
  • T.J. Salmimaa
    • 1
  • I.H. Vilpola
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Industrial Management Tampere University on TechnologyInstitute of Human-Centered TechnologyTampere University on TechnologyFinland

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