August 9, 2015

Lean Visual Management & Visual Control

Resource: Visual Management  & Visual Controls,

Visual Management Designed to create a visual work place which is self‐explaining, self ordering, and self improving Visual Controls • 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visual Management

Designed to create a visual work place which is self‐explaining, self ordering, and self improving

A. Seeing as a Group

  1. • Production status
  2. • Inventory levels
  3. • Machine availability

B. Knowing as a Group

  1. • Delivery commitments
  2. • Goals and schedules
  3. Management rule

C. Acting as a Group

  1. • Consensus on rules & objectives
  2. • Involvement in improvement activities

WHAT IT IS ?

• Organization of manufacturing processes so that everyone can tell, at a glance, if production activities are proceeding normally.
• A system for situational awareness enhancement:people feel comfortable only if issues are clear upfront
Benefits
• Displays the operational status in a easy to understand format
• Provides / conveys information, instructions and feedback
• Makes problems, abnormalities or deviations from standards visible to everyone, so that corrective action can be taken immediately
• Ensures a safe and comfortable working environment

 

Visual Controls
• 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