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Datacraft Solutions Promoting Efficient Electronic Kanban

Datacraft Solutions Promoting Efficient Electronic Kanban

Datacraft Solutions Promoting Efficient Electronic Kanban

(PRWEB) August 10, 2004

The lean manufacturing paper kanban system can encourage inefficient behavior between a manufacturer and suppliers.

-Buyers often send duplicate fax releases when they are not sure if a fax was transmitted.

-Fax releases are sometimes sent on expired purchase orders.

-Suppliers are inundated with illegible or questionable faxes often ignored them.

-Suppliers frequently say they never received the fax order.

-Without a reality-based “expected on dock” time and a method to track supplier performance, shipments are often sent too soon or too late.

-Quantity mismatches are frequent. Suppliers ship an inaccurate quantity without being held accountable/

-Productivity is detrimentally impacted in staff time spent faxing.

-Managers and buyers are often flying blind as to the health of manufacturing cells and kanbans.

Kanban in general is based on trust, namely that suppliers will reliably deliver quality product in the right quantity at the right time. The only way to achieve this reliability is a web-based kanban automation system.

Datacraft SolutionsÂ’ (www. datacraftsolutions. com) Signum is the leading web-based kanban automation system.

Signum is the manufacturerÂ’s tool, integrating inventory barcode scanners and kanban cards into a web interface where buyers can plan and calculate their kanban requirements, automatically issue replenishment signals to suppliers, confirm receipt, and monitor status at all times. Customizable alerts and control signals control routine transactions and exceptions.

Signum has another key feature: the repository. It is the feature that allows manufacturers to have real data to direct future on-going continued process improvement efforts. Signum can report on supplier performance, reliability, and determine who needs “help”.

Signum encourages efficient behavior between a manufacturer and suppliers.