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.

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