Optimization of inbound logistics by implementing e-kanban system in an automobile accessories manufacturing unit – a case study

Koteshwara Raog, Lidwin Kenneth Michael, K. V. Sriram

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Electronic Kanban (E-Kanban) is a recent trend in project management. With the integration of Information Technology (IT) in supply chain management the concept of E-Kanban has made its entry into manufacturing units. It is an effective optimization process that utilizes Information technology in manufacturing industries to procure the material at the shop floor and stores respectively. E-Kanban is executed through a system of signalling that triggers the replenishment of materials when required. This project is an application of E-Kanban in a multinational automobile accessories manufacturing company located India. In this project, manual process has been replaced by barcode scanning which is integrated with SAP and Automatic Logistic and Production Execution (ALPE) scanner and is used to scan the Kanban cards on the shop floor. Logistics performance is examined before and after the implementation of the E-Kanban system. This process is evaluated through internal milk run, value stream mapping and by individual observation. This project is aimed at improving the existing process to reduce the time for issue and delivery of the material, inventory and human resource allocation which contributes to increase in the production, quality of the product and revenue of the company. This project can be applied across manufacturing industries globally.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-111
Number of pages6
JournalQuality - Access to Success
Issue number170
Publication statusPublished - 01-06-2019
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management Information Systems
  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management

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