Integral Logistics Management — Operations Management and Supply Chain Management Within and Across Companies

6.5 Implementing Procedure and Comparison of Techniques

Intended learning outcomes: Present procedures in implementing effective logistics. Differentiate between Kanban and the order point technique through a comparison of the techniques.


We have introduced two techniques of materials management: the Kanban technique and the cumulative production figures principle. Two further important techniques, the order point technique and the MRP technique, will be discussed in detail later in Sections 11.3 and 12.3. There are also techniques in connection with capacity management, such as Corma, that influence materials management (see Section 15.1).

Important principles behind these techniques, however, have already been introduced (for example, stochastic versus determi­ni­stic techniques). Now we will compare these very principles and, at the same time, compare the particular techniques themselves. We advise the reader to return to these comparisons again after reading the detailed sections mentioned above.


Course section 6.5: Subsections and their intended learning outcomes

  • 6.5 Implementing Procedure and Comparison of Techniques

    Intended learning outcomes: Present procedures in implementing effective logistics. Differentiate between Kanban and the order point technique through a comparison of the techniques.

  • 6.5.1 Implementing Procedure

    Intended learning outcomes: Identify Features of various techniques of materials management. Describe Procedures in implementing effective logistics: lean/JIT.

  • 6.5.2 Comparison of Techniques: Kanban versus Order Point Technique

    Intended learning outcomes: Explain the development of the physical buffer inventories on several production structure levels when production is rhythmic. Differentiate between the order point technique and the Kanban technique when defining production structure levels and (buffer) storage.



Course 6: Sections and their intended learning outcomes

  • Course 6 – The Lean / Just-in-Time Concept and Repetitive Manufacturing

    Intended learning outcomes: Produce an overview on lean / just-in-time and repetitive manufacturing. Explain the lean / just-in-time concept in detail. Describe the Kanban technique. Identify the cumulative production figures principle. Disclose an implementing procedure and a comparison of techniques.

  • 6.1 Characterizing Lean / Just-in-Time and Repetitive Manufacturing

    Intended learning outcomes: Explain Just-in-Time and Jidoka: Increasing productivity through reduction of overburdening, unevenness, and useless effort, or waste. Describe characteristic features for simple and effective planning & control techniques of repetitive manufacturing.

  • 6.2 The Lean Concept / Just-in-Time Concept

    Intended learning outcomes: Explain lead time reduction through setup time reduction and batch size reduction as well as further concepts. Describe line balancing through harmonizing the content of work. Disclose Just-in-Time Logistics. Present generally valid advantages of the lean / Just-in-Time concept for materials management and for capacity management.

  • 6.3 The Kanban Technique

    Intended learning outcomes: Explain Kanban as a technique of execution and control of operations as well as a technique of materials management. Disclose the adequate long- and medium-term planning for Kanban.

  • 6.8 Scenarios and Exercises

    Intended learning outcomes: Operation time versus operation cost: disclose the effect of varying setup time and batch size. Calculate the effect of cellular manufacturing on lead-time reduction. Perform line balancing through harmonizing the content of work. Determine the number of Kanban cards.

  • 6.9 References

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  • Case [Course 6]

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