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The term “visual factory” is becoming very commonplace, as it’s a way of increasing efficiency and productivity rates throughout your manufacturing facility. The question is, what exactly is a visual factory and how does it work? In this blog we’re sharing some useful insight that will help you to transform your workplace into a visual machine.
As the name suggests, a visual factory places strong focus on visual management tools. These can be in the form of whiteboards complemented by a range of magnetic overlays, as well as more advanced products like our 5S cuboids, PPE standards board and bespoke shadow boards. The mission of this Lean approach is to create a visual method of instantly communicating key information, which will benefit workflow and the day-to-day performance of your departments.
An excellent place to start is by understanding the visual order enabled by 5S Workplace Organisation. 5S is the foundation of visual management, Lean management and operational excellence, as it facilitates a visual system that benefits all departments, processes and seniority levels. Here are the five elements of 5S:
A visual factory prevents data and information from being hidden away on clipboards and inside computer systems by making it highly accessible and easy to digest. As a result, you can expect the following benefits:
Are you ready to create a visual factory that boasts impressive workflow and enviable production rates? To book an initial consultation that will help you to unlock the power of visual management, get in touch with our team on +44 (0)1482 296451 or fill in our contact form.
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