In the double bin kanban system, the consumer (downstream process) takes his supplies from the first bin until it gets empty(= order point reached). The empty bin is returned to supplier while consume goes on by supplying from second bin.

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The supplier understand the return of empty bin as a signal asking for supply. He knows that meanwhile his client is emptying thesecond bin (= order point crossed).

Double bin kanban method is most often used for low value, bulk parts: screws, nuts, bolts, small accessories…

The bin content quantity is generally the supplier's original delivery quantity (box of 100 screws, 1000 rivets…). If consumption is very fast, the quantity is adjusted placing for example 10 boxes of 100 screws in the bin and supply two bins.

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