Primarily due to rapid development of technology in the past thirty years, the market structure throughout the world has changed considerably. Local markets have become accessible to foreign manufacturers, who are able to perform well in their newly established territories in part due to their superior application of technology. In this light, most companies, including small and medium size, have embedded globalization in their expansion strategies, consistently seeking for new markets abroad. Consequently, local manufacturing companies are facing global competition, forcing them to adopt new concepts with respect to people, process and technologies. This document describes these approaches to production planning in detail as well outlines a software solution. The software solution (Production/3) combines both pull and push techniques and enables small to medium size organizations to fully automate their production system while retaining their investment in their legacy enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.
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of cards that require review and adjustment for the entire production line. Kanban system is difficult to manage but on the other hand, tightly controls WIP since card control is implemented at each workstation. If a product mix change shifts the bottleneck in a kanban system, the number of cards allocated to each card set may require adjustment to ensure desired throughput. Characteristics As does Kanban, CONWIP controls the total amount of work in process in the system. The WIP is limited to the number