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This component describes the functions of KANBAN control. It explains, amongst other things, how the signal is triggered to replenish a material and which replenishment strategies are available.


The KANBAN signal, usually in the form of a bar code, triggers a status change. In general, it is sufficient to work with the two statuses EMPTY and FULL. The KANBAN signal occurs, in general, after using the bar code. When a kanban is empty, the system receives the necessary information on the control cycle and replenishment, and automatically makes the postings required to trigger replenishment. When a kanban is full, the system automatically posts the goods receipt for the replenishment (depending on the settings).

For further information see also Triggering the KANBAN Signal.

To organize your material replenishment in KANBAN, you can use: in-house production, external procurement, stock transfer. For each of these three options, there is a series of replenishment strategies available. Thus, for example, if you opt for external procurement, you can use standard purchase orders, scheduling agreements, stock transport orders, and so on.

For more information on this topic, refer to Replenishment Strategy .

If you use the automatic kanban calculation, the system can create proposals for the number of kanbans and the quantity per kanban. A report is available for this purpose that creates these proposals on the basis of either the results of MRP or long-term planning as you require. You can also specify the evaluation period the system is to use for this calculation.

An online transaction is also available to check, change and transfer the proposals created by the system. From this transaction, you can display detailed information on the control cycle which you can use when checking the system’s proposals.

For further information see also Automatic Kanban Calculation and KANBAN Procedure .

The kanban board is a tool you use for evaluations and which also provides an overview of work progress and material consumption. The kanban board presents a clear picture of missing parts situations, bottlenecks, and so on for every supply area. For this purpose, the statuses of the kanbans and the error situations are represented by different colors. The kanban board can be accessed by both the supply source and the demand source (only the relevant data is displayed in each view). You can also use the kanban board to trigger the kanban signal.

For more information on this topic, refer to The Kanban Board .

Whereas the kanban board only offers you an overview of the kanbans at a certain point in time, the standard analysis in the Logistics Information System (LIS) provides you with tools for creating evaluations of kanban circulation for an interval of your choice.

One of the main advantages of the KANBAN production control system is that the majority of the posting operations can be carried out automatically. If, however, errors should occur due to missing master data, or posting errors, for example, various evaluation and post-editing options are available. You can access the Error display evaluation to view the error situation. You can reprocess incorrect kanbans by accessing the Kanban correction function.

For further information see also Displaying Errors and Kanban Correction

The kanban is the key to KANBAN production control. All the necessary data on the control cycle and on replenishment is recorded on the kanban. You can control the print and circulation of the kanbans using the replenishment strategy and the organization of the control cycles. You can instruct the system, for example, to print the kanbans for every cycle, or you may only require one printout which then goes back and forth between the supply source and the demand source. You can print per control cycle or for multi-control cycles using a special function for the collective print.

For further information, see also Printing and Circulation of Kanbans and Collective Kanban Print .





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