1000% growth in e-kanban services in past twelve months has North Carolina-based Datacraft Solutions (www.datacraftsolutions.com) poised to capture significant percentage of lean manufacturing organizations business.
According to Sam Bayer, President of Datacraft Solutions, “We have seen explosive growth from major manufacturing enterprises with Lean initiatives. From Wiremold to dj Orthopedics to KOYO to Outokumpu, our e-kanban system, Signum, is being used throughout North America.”
FAX KANBAN is NOT Efficient and NOT Lean
At ten minutes per fax, someone is spending 3.5 hours per day in administration time. That inefficiency results in less time to utilize more suppliers or improve relationships with existing suppliers.
Furthermore, even if 99% of those faxes are trouble free procurement signals, four faxes per month are going to be problematic and dilute entire rationale for a lean manufacturing operation. Suppliers claim they did not receive fax kanban; suppliers cannot make shipment date requested and expedited shipping fees are incurred, or worse, there will be a stockout which will negatively impact customer service levels.