Educating Students On Lean Manufacturing And Pull Production Using Games

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The paper presents a pull production mechanism that based on Kanban cards and a Heijunka panel. Based on this model, a game was developed that enables students to get a better understanding of pull production in manufacturing streams. The game is played in several rounds. Emphasis is laid upon the importance of work balance in manufacturing cells, as well as on the necessity to reduce the time required to switch production. The game also underlines the dependency between the number of cards in the process and the level of interoperational stocks. Last but not least, students are confronted with aspects of teamwork. Based on suggestions from the students and from the acquired experience, some ideas were formulated for the improvement of this educational activity.

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