Machine tools manufacturing – Chiron

Kanban implemented successfully

Chiron GmbH & Co KG is one of Germany’s biggest producers of machine tools. About 1.500 employees work for the medium-sized company from Tuttlingen.

In order to implement the JIT assembly of tool arms, which are needed to change the components in CNC production centres as well as reconfigure the supply and production of the required parts and components, A&K has established a Kanban system running on SAP. As the implementation of SAP was scheduled to happen without any modification of the program, the shortening of cycle time and reduction of stocks while still granting a high flexibility and service level took very careful adjustments.

In the end, it was a huge success: The Kanban system did not place any repeat orders for almost six weeks – excess stocks were thus reduced automatically.

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