The kanban assignment problem in serial just-in-time production systems

Henry C. Co, Sheldon H. Jacobson

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This paper examines multi-stage serial just-in-time production systems that use kanbans as a means of communicating the production needs of each stage of operation. The kanban-controlled system is a linked-demand system. A recursive function is presented which computes the number of kanbans required for all stages of a serial production system. This function is used to compute a lower bound on the expected fill rate for an arbitrary kanban assignment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)76-85
Number of pages10
JournalIIE Transactions (Institute of Industrial Engineers)
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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