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American system: Increase inventory capacity to overcome production problems. Japanese system: Eliminate production problems to overcome capacity limitations.
1) Toyota production system (TPS)
Aka “Lean Manufacturing”
MRP (PL. Order Release)
Push system (MRP): production orders have them same flow direction as the material flow. Pull system (JIT): Production requests have an opposite direction to the material flow. ConWIP: Constant WIP – a mix between MRP and JIT
2) Kanban system
Requires very good supply chain