Guidelines for the selection of FIFO lanes and supermarkets for kanban-based pull systems - When to use a FIFO and when to use a supermarket

Christoph Roser, Masaru Nakano

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Abstract

Modern lean production systems most often use a pull-based production control, usually implemented as kanban or CONWIP. The material flow in pull systems is managed using both FIFO lanes and supermarkets as inventories, which are well described in academic literature. However, there is so far little guidance as for when to use a supermarket and when to use a FIFO lane. This paper aims to provide an exhaustive list of considerations regarding the selection of a supermarket or FIFO lane between processes. While the detailed decisions depend on the particularities of the system, a number of general recommendations and considerations can be made. To the best knowledge of the authors, no such effort has been undertaken before, and we believe that this summary of considerations is long overdue and of immense value for the practitioner.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Production Management Systems
Subtitle of host publicationInnovative Production Management Towards Sustainable Growth - IFIP WG 5.7 International Conference, APMS 2015, Proceedings
EditorsHajime Mizuyama, Hironori Hibino, Dimitris Kiritsis, Shigeki Umeda, Gregor von Cieminski, Masaru Nakano
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Pages282-289
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783319227580
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventIFIP WG 5.7 International Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems, APMS 2015 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2015 Sep 72015 Sep 9

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Volume460
ISSN (Print)1868-4238

Other

OtherIFIP WG 5.7 International Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems, APMS 2015
CountryJapan
CityTokyo
Period15/9/715/9/9

Keywords

  • FIFO
  • Information flow
  • Kanban
  • Material flow
  • Pull
  • Supermarket
  • Value stream design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems and Management

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    Roser, C., & Nakano, M. (2015). Guidelines for the selection of FIFO lanes and supermarkets for kanban-based pull systems - When to use a FIFO and when to use a supermarket. In H. Mizuyama, H. Hibino, D. Kiritsis, S. Umeda, G. von Cieminski, & M. Nakano (Eds.), Advances in Production Management Systems: Innovative Production Management Towards Sustainable Growth - IFIP WG 5.7 International Conference, APMS 2015, Proceedings (pp. 282-289). (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology; Vol. 460). Springer New York LLC. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-22759-7_33