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Kanban - a Japanese term meaning card or billboard - refers to a method of controlling production processes that forms part of the just-in-time approach. Focusing exclusively on the actual consumption of materials at the location where they are being supplied or used, Kanban is designed to reduce the amount of products or materials being held in stock locally for the next production stage downstream. The method's underlying aim is to control the value-added chain at each stage of production in a multi-step supply chain as economically as possible. At this year's HANNOVER MESSE, REYHER decided to show how Kanban is really done with its new mobile data capture device for order management.

The android-based interface and high-resolution, easy-to-read five-inch display ensure REYHER's hand-held barcode scanner is intuitive to use. Its large keys are designed to be easy to operate - even when wearing protective gloves or with wet hands. A virtual scanning button, which can be adjusted in size and positioned as required on the user interface makes it even more user-friendly. Alternatively the operator can use a hardware button located on the side of the scanning device. This enables ROM users to ergonomically capture as many order items as they wish and have scanned items clearly listed on the display. Tapping the relevant function key and entering the password places the order, sending it directly to the REYHER server via a cellular radio connection. Last but not least, operators can generate an order number, which is then integrated into the overall supply chain documentation.