Kanban in Apparel Manufacturing: A Case Study
RMVS Ratnayake1, WDG Lanarolle2, RMDT Ratnayake3
1RMVS Ratnayake*, Department of Textile & Apparel Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Katubedda, Sri Lanka.
2WDG Lanarolle, Department of Textile & Apparel Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Katubedda, Sri Lanka.
3RMDT Ratnayake, Industrial Systems Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand.
Manuscript received on June 20 , 2021. | Revised Manuscript received on June 25, 2021. | Manuscript published on June 30, 2021. | PP: 1-9 | Volume-7 Issue-3, June 2021. | Retrieval Number: 100.1/ijese.C2509067321 | DOI: 10.35940/ijese.C2509.067321
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Abstract: Pull system and Kanban are effective lean manufacturing tools. Though many companies in various manufacturing fields have successfully implemented pull manufacturing using Kanban systems, such studies in apparel manufacturing are rarely found. Kanban system was implemented in an apparel manufacturing company, which had implemented some of the lean manufacturing tools. The apparel manufacturing line was identified in four different sub sections and separate Kanbans were used in each sub section. The system was evaluated using two parameters: the number of Kanban cards in each point; the production output. Correct number of Kanban cards were found at all the time of the monitoring period of two weeks-the production efficiency has increased by 22%.
Keywords: Pull system, Kanban system, Inventory fluctuation, smooth flow.