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Factories are always very busy work environments with multiple processes taking place simultaneously. Due to there being such a concentrated focus on efficiency, safety, productivity and sustainability, factories require a tailored approach to visual management and Lean principles to ensure that everything runs smoothly whilst maximising output.
This can be a difficult balance to achieve, as each department, team, process and measure needs to be put under the microscope so that inefficiencies, errors and constraints are minimised in order to create a new standard of work.
The creation of a Lean and Visual Factory isn’t a quick fix, as it involves adapting and upgrading the site’s layout in numerous ways. As with any other system, each element needs to be working in unison with all others, as even a single oversight can cause downtime, delays, waste, accidents and significant disruption.
Due to the scale of the task at hand, designing a visual factory requires an expert team of visual and Lean management specialists who can assess your current setup, identify what’s missing, and then help you to develop a system that allows you to achieve world-class status.
When you choose Clarity to help you design a visual factory, you’re investing in a combined workplace design and fitout solution that takes a truly holistic approach. Whether it’s a new build design concept or improvements to an existing facility, we follow a meticulous process to decide which types of changes will be made.
When designing a Lean and Visual Factory, our process follows the three Ds of visual design:
We use the ALIS Tech solution, which is designed to maximise factory safety through the latest digitalisation technologies that are driving Industry 4.0. Through a set of LED projectors, visual walkways are created that are integrated with visual warning signs and real-time messages that keep workers safe in even the busiest of facilities.
By using ALIS Tech, your factory will benefit from the following:
Although accidents, injuries and damage can never be totally eliminated, they can be drastically reduced through tailored safety systems. Visual Safety Barriers are an excellent example, as they keep work environments safe wherever there is movement of vehicles, goods and people.
Clarity has partnered up with MPM to offer state-of-the-art Visual Safety Barriers to our clients. These superior and innovative safety products include pedestrian operator barriers, racking and rack end solutions, machinery, and asset protection systems designed around the needs of your factory.
Thanks to the barriers being constructed from durable polymer that allows a controlled level of flex, impacts are effectively absorbed. As a result, the kinetic energy doesn’t transmit to the operator of the vehicle, preventing injury to the worker and minimising damage to the vehicle. The following statistics highlight why switching to polymer Visual Safety Barriers is guaranteed to bring such a strong return on investment:
Even when your factory has been designed by a Lean and visual management specialist, problems can still arise if your staff lack the knowledge and confidence to carry out their tasks and keep processes running smoothly. That’s why we also provide bespoke coaching and training that will embed Lean principles at the heart of your company culture and encourage the pursuit of operational excellence.
By empowering your workforce and giving employees everything they need to apply continuous improvement to their work environment, your Lean and Visual Factory will be designed around efficiency, productivity, safety and profitability on every level. As well as helping staff to get more done in less time whilst preventing accidents and waste, our coaching and training also improves staff wellbeing, morale and retention by promoting employee engagement to maximum effect.
If you’re interested in workshops and other forms of training, simply get in touch with the team here at Clarity and we’ll develop a series of modules, activities and assessments fully tailored to your specific business needs.
Are you ready to create a Lean and Visual Factory? To book an initial consultation that will help you to unlock the power of Lean and visual management, get in touch with our team on +44 (0)1482 296451 or fill in our contact form.
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