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Kanban is a Japanese term which refers to a card used in the pull inventory and production control system to signal to an upstream process to begin to make the appropriate parts listed in the card. This card is used only in the two card Kanban system.

A production-ordering Kanban specifies the type and quantity of product, which a work center must produce at the request of the next work center in the sequence of operations. A Production-ordering Kanban is also called an in-process Kanban or a production Kanban.

See  Just-in-time manufacturing;  Just-in-time manufacturing implementation;  Kanbans;  Kanban-based manufacturing systems;  Linked-cell manufacturing systems.

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