Electronic kanban (sometimes referred to as eKanban) is a signaling system that uses a mix of technology to trigger the movement of materials within a manufacturing or production facility. Electronic kanban differs from traditional kanban in that it uses technology to replace traditional elements such as kanban cards with barcodes and electronic messages.
A typical electronic kanban system will see inventory marked with barcodes which are scanned at various stages of the manufacturing process to signal usage, messages are then relayed to internal/external stores to ensure restocking of products.
Electronic kanban often uses the internet as a method of routing messages to external suppliers and as a means to allow a real time view of inventory, via a portal, throughout the supply chain.
Systems are now widespread from single solutions or bolt on modules to ERP systems.
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