Resource: Visual Management & Visual Controls,
Designed to create a visual work place which is self‐explaining, self ordering, and self improving
A. Seeing as a Group
- • Production status
- • Inventory levels
- • Machine availability
B. Knowing as a Group
- • Delivery commitments
- • Goals and schedules
- Management rule
C. Acting as a Group
- • Consensus on rules & objectives
- • Involvement in improvement activities
WHAT IT IS ?
• The main purpose of visual controls is to organize the working area so that people (even outsiders) can tell whether things are going well or something is amiss.
• Ability to walk out onto the floor, and in a matter of minutes, determine the status of the operations:
– What might be abnormal?
– How the material is flowing?
– What job is currently being worked on?
– What job is next to be worked on?
Potential Benefits of Visual Controls
• Helps identify problems to be resolved
• Reduce manufacturing costs
• Reduce possible waste
• Shorten the production lead time and meeting the delivery due date
• Reduce inventory
• Ensure a safe and comfortable working environment
• Increase the company’s profit
Visual Control can be used for
• Situational awareness enhancement
Combined use with 5S
• Office/Service Management
• Operations and Engineering Management (e.g. dispatching, shop floor control, project management).
• Management, control, and Maintenance of Tools and Equipment.
• Quality Management (e.g. control charts, cause‐effect diagrams, histograms, etc.).
• Safety warning and Management of the working Environment.
• Cost and Profit Evaluation.
• A key aspect of visual control is that of shop floor performance measurements, accomplished through the displayed of a handful of measures on the shop floor for every one to see and understand
• The utilization of a visual control board or communication board will provide the means for displaying performance status and communication problems