A management tool in the pull scheduling system developed and used by Toyota. A method of Just-In-Time production that uses standard containers or lot sizes with a single card (Kanban) attached to each. It is a pull system in which work centers signal with a card that they wish to withdraw parts from feeding operations or suppliers.
Kanban – A method which during storage uses standard units or lot sizes with a single card attached to each. A pull system used at a stock point in which a supply batch is ordered only when a previous batch is withdrawn. Note: Kanban in Japanese means loosely translated ‘card or sign’.(Eyefortransport Transportation Glossaryl)