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Understanding Lean is understanding Clarity, there are many definitions from thousands of experts all over the world and from countless different industries. The definition that we like is simply:
“Lean describes a system that produces what the customer wants, when they want it, with minimum waste, doing only that which adds value for the customer.”
Continuous improvement (CI) or Kaizen is the never-ending effort to expose and eliminate the root cause of a problem; small-step improvement as opposed to big-step or radical improvements.
Visual management in Lean work is both a tool and a concept. The ideal state is that all employees, operators and managers should be able to manage every aspect of the process at a glance, using visual data, signals and guides. Visual management can address both visual display and control. Visual displays present information, whilst visual control focuses on a need to act. Information needs to address items such as schedules, standard work, and quality and maintenance requirements. Visual control can address whether a production line is running according to plan; it can highlight problems.
Visual management is our heartland here at Clarity; we exist to take our customers on the journey of Lean working and are relied upon by some of the world’s biggest brands to facilitate their Lean Visual Management programme.
Effective visual management needs a lot of forethought to identify the areas where it will make the most impact. The objectives of Visual Management can include:
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