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Pull Systems in Future State Mapping

How do you improve efficiency in a situation where processes change often or aren’t repeatable?

A pull production system

One way is to implement a pull production system to balance the production line. With a push system, materials and information move forward once a process is complete.

This doesn’t consider whether there’s enough capacity to continue processing at the next stage or even if there’s a requirement of materials. In contrast, with pull systems, materials and information move only when they’re needed by a process further down the line.

A push production system

Consider a customer ordering stools for his bar. A push system would send the order to the first process in the production line and then push the product through each subsequent process.

If a pull system is used, the order goes directly to the inspection process, finished products are pulled from inventory, and then orders are pulled from the painting process.