HOW-TO GUIDE: Developing a visual factory
Is key information instantly available in the workplace?
Employees gain 75% of their knowledge from visuals, which is why they need effective workplace signs and labels that enhance training and make doing their jobs easier. A good visual tells a factory employee exactly what procedural and safety information they need to know, and when and where they need to know it.
In a modern factory, real-time data visually displayed on a digital dashboard becomes extremely valuable. It offers real-time information that is easily accessible to all stakeholders for further analysis.
Without timely, efficient communication of key information you run a greater risk of recurring problems or mistakes, accidents, poor quality and runaway costs.
The benefits of a visual factory include:
- Quick visual access to key information
- Faster decision-making and problem-solving
- Quickly identifying in control and out-of-control situations, high levels of variability, and trends using advanced analytics
- Reduced response time
- Empowered employees and a sense of ownership
- A more transparent and efficient operation
Download the how-to guide Developing a visual factory for tips and techniques to:
- Manage the workplace with visual controls
Draw attention to an out-of-control situation using, for example, a Kanban or visual control chart.
- Integrate visual management with the wider management system
A list of key areas where visual management can be integrated into your organization.
- Select the right display format
Properly designed visual displays enable quick and effective decision-making, and avoid expensive rework.
- Ensure your graphs are easy to complete and interpret
6 simple guidelines for building better graphs for your visual displays.
- Develop the content of visual displays
What is shown and how it is shown on visual displays are equally important.
- Understand the typical layout of a visual display board
An example image that illustrates the layout and sections of a display board.
- Introduce machine measures near the equipment
Provide your team members with real-time information indicating performance, conformance and shortfalls throughout the shift.