IIE Transactions

, Volume 32, Issue 10, pp 999–1012 | Cite as

The extended kanban control system for production coordination of assembly manufacturing systems

  • Claudine Chaouiya
  • George Liberopoulos
  • Yves Dallery


In assembly manufacturing systems there are points in the production process where several component parts are put together in areas called assembly cells so as to form more complex parts called subassemblies. In this paper, we present and compare two variants of the Extended Kanban Control System (EKCS) – a recently developed pull production control mechanism that combines base stock and kanban control – for the production coordination of assembly manufacturing systems. In both variants, the production of a new subassembly is authorized only when an assembly kanban is available. Assembly kanbans become available when finished subassemblies are consumed. If an assembly kanban is available, in the first variant, each component part of a subassembly is released into the assembly cell as soon as it is available (independent release). In the second variant, however, it is released only when all other component parts also become available (simultaneous release). In both variants, when a component part is released into the assembly cell, it releases its kanban, thus authorizing the production of a new component part.


Control System Mechanical Engineer Production Process Control Mechanism Manufacturing System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudine Chaouiya
    • 1
  • George Liberopoulos
    • 2
  • Yves Dallery
    • 3
  1. 1.Departement Genie Bio Medical (ESIL/GBM)Ecole Superieure d'Ingenieurs de Luminy, Parc Scientifique et Technologique de LuminyMarseille Cedex 9France
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical and Industrial EngineeringUniversity of Thessaly, Pedion AreosVolosGreece
  3. 3.Laboratoire Productique et LogistiqueEcole Centrale de Paris, Grande Voie des VignesChatenay-Malabry CedexFrance

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