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Kanban 4.0 – Kanban in the digital world

Now on the LogiMAT fair in Stuttgart and the Transport Logistic fair in München 2023

Kanban is an efficient tool to manage the internal and external material flow in the area of production and logistic. But many companies are also in the phase of „digital transformation”. How can a traditional Kanban system, that is based on the Toyota-Production-System” be integrated in this digital world?

Starnberg, February 28, 2023

Companies of different sizes and from completely different business sectors are using the “IKS E-Kanban System” to make their internal and external Pull processes more efficient. Real-time Kanban signals, easy to understand overviews to visualize Kanban replenishments from the warehouse, from other manufacturing areas and from external suppliers are also standard parts of the IKS system as well as an electronic Kanban board to schedule manufacturing areas and machines.

Of course, all typical ERP or WMS systems can be linked to IKS via a very flexible and universal interface, without high efforts and costs.

Additionally, the Integrated Kanban System opens the door to the new digital world and connects the benefits of a Pull system with the available IT-systems and all the technical innovations that are offered for logistics on the market in the meantime.

These include classic barcode readers and RFID-devices, but also sensor-based Kanban racks (so called “E-Racks”) as well as “smart Kanban-Sensors”, that create automatic Kanban signals via measurement of distances or material-weights. These signals will be processed and visualized by the IKS system. So it is possible to link also Non-Kanban material groups to the Pull process.

IKS is the central digital module, to connect the Kanban processes, the new hardware and the existing IT-systems and to generate a continuous and stable information flow.

E-Kanban 4.0

The classic Toyota-Kanban was version 1.0. By using a Kanban software,
“Kanban 2.0” has been generated out of it and new possibilities to design more state-of-the-art Pull processes had been created. By the interaction of the existing IT-systems as well as by the usage of new shop-floor hardware, new continuous information flows had been created in the area of production and logistic.

The Integrated Kanban System (IKS) allows a more efficient usage of the existing manual Kanban system, paves the way for a continuous interaction of the different software and hardware modules and integrates the existing Pull process to 100% – we call it “KANBAN 4.0”!


You will find manufactus and the E-Kanban System IKS on the

LogiMAT 2023 fair in Stuttgart in Building 5, Stand 5A11

Transport Logistic in Munich in Building A3, Stand 112


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Wittelsbacherstraße 6a

82319 Starnberg, Germany

Mobil: +49 (0) 163 – 8318030



Since 20 years manufactus GmbH, headquartered in Starnberg, is specialized on the optimization of Kanban systems.

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