Lean Manufacturing

Lean4Team Digital Project Management

Kanban Software for Manufacturing Teams

Improve your cash flow, throughput, and competitive position. Join the visionary industry leaders using Kanban software for manufacturing to painlessly visualize work, optimize process and deliver faster.

Build your Just-in-time production system to minimize inventories while still satisfying customer demands

Watch how a CNC milling machine manufacturer uses Kanban software for manufacturing to visualize work as it flows through the process.

Painlessly implement a Kanban pull system in 5 steps using Lean4Team

 

(1) Visualize your Work

Board Layout Editor

Prepare a Kanban board using the Board Layout Editor or use our library of ready-to-use board templates. Break down the flow of work into distinctive steps. Draw a lane for each step.

Create boards and edit their layout on-the-fly.

Add vertical lanes and divide them in to sub-lanes as needed to represent the steps in your process.

Add horizontal lanes and divide them in to sub-lanes to represent different workflows on the same board.

Use our library of templates or save your existing boards as custom templates.

Card Palette

Use a different set of card types on each board to represent different work categories (e.g., task, part, assembly). First, create card types in the Card Palette. Then, configure each card type as you wish using stickers and attributes. And put tasks into your workflow by dragging cards from the Palette to a lane. Each task will move from left to right until it leaves the workflow.

Configure your cards as you wish using 32 colors, 4 sticker positions, 4 sticker sizes, and 14 attribute types.

Use any number of attributes to describe your tasks: working time, text, lists, dates, images, icons, tags, comments, and more.

Change card layout on-the-fly.

Add hyperlinks to external resources as needed.

Attach documents to your cards.

 

 

(2) Limit Work in Progress

Manage the Flow of Your Work

Kanban is all about maintaining flow and eliminating waste. By putting WIP limits you enforce a smooth flow of work and eliminate different kind of waste: inventory, waiting, overproduction, defect fixing, and more.

Put card limits on lanes in which work is being performed.

Set time limits on lanes.

Instantly see when WIP limit violations have occurred. Overloaded lanes change their background to red.This works somewhat like a traffic lights system: it regulates the flow of cards traffic.

 
Make Process Policies Visible

Manufacturing teams rely heavily on clearly defined process policies. Making these policies explicit helps everyone understand what’s expected, reducing confusion and leading to greater process consistency. As the team evolves and grows, process policies can be revised and improved to reflect the current situation.

Define and add policies to the appropriate lanes. They act as the “rules of the road” describing the principles and general ways in which “traffic” behaves, as well as govern interactions between tasks and team members.

 

 

(3) Pull Your Work Items

Pull Instead of Push

Implement a pull production system, where next team pulls work only when ready for it.

Add a limited capacity “buffer” lane between teams to let work items queue up.

Add “gate” lanes between steps to represent sections where check/authorization/approval tasks are performed on work items.

Manage Roadblocks

Give the stakeholders quick and easy visibility into the overall progress of work. As a result, they’re able to see roadblocks and any parts of the flow that may require attention.

Visualize roadblocks by creating connections between cards.

Use connections to visualize the breakdown of work. You can connect a card to any number of other cards, located on different boards.

Track Every Detail Related to Your Work

Set the date by which each work item should be started and/or completed and track them with countdown feature.

Get a complete audit trail of how work was completed. Use historical data for further analysis.

Boards automatically update every two minutes with any changes users have made to the board.

 

(4) Collaborate

Share the Work Across Teams

Shared lanes is a great feature that is unique to Lean4Team Kanban software for manufacturing. Using shared leans you are able to:

  • See on your own board what your team members do on their specific boards.
  • Take ownership of a card by the next team in the process.
  • Move cards to and from any board that have you listed as a user.
Improve Teamwork Efficiency

Designate multiple team members to work on a card. Upload avatars to visually represent each team member assigned to the card.

Share documents using card attachments.

Add hyperlinks to external resources as needed.

Control access to specific boards based on user roles and limit the actions a user can perform — such as create, edit and move cards, set and modify WIP limits, and change the board layout. Roles available are reader, user and administrator.

Stay Informed

Manage and track communication related to a specific card using comment threads.

Subscribe to the card events to receive notifications by email when a card is updated.

Subscribe to the lane events to receive notifications by email to track card activities within a particular lane.

 

(5) Analyze & Improve

Board Analytics

Lean4Team’s analytic features are designed to help you measure the performance of your process or value stream. This information is valuable in understanding waste or inefficiencies, identifying bottlenecks, and measuring improvements.

See how smoothly the work is flowing through your process with the Cumulative Flow Diagram that shows the relative amount of work for each lane over time. Widening bands represent an increase in the number of cards in a particular lane, which could indicate a bottleneck or constraint in your workflow process.

Get a quick overview of the how work items are distributed within the system with the Card Distribution Diagram that shows the current distribution of cards with on the board by lane.

Put Historical Data at Your Fingertips

Manage and track communication related to a specific card using comment threads.

Subscribe to a card to receive notifications by email when a card is updated.

Subscribe to a lane to receive notifications by email to track card activities within a particular lane.