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Kanban (in kanji 看板 also in katakana カンバン)is a concept related to Just in time (JIT) production, but these two concepts are not the same thing. The Japanese word Kanban translates literally to "sign" or "instruction card."
Kanban is a signaling system. As its name suggests, Kanban uses cards to signal the need for an item. Other devices such plastic markers (Kanban squares) or balls (often golf balls) can also be used to trigger the movement, production, or supply of a unit in a factory.
Operations Management (4th Ed), Slack, Chambers & Johnston, 2004. p533
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