Visual Management is evolving to deliver communications through visual representations instead of written instructions, allowing information to be quickly recognised, absorbed and processed.
Sunna Design, an innovative company specialising in intelligent solar street lighting, (See Sunna Design case study) use Integrated visual management screens connected to workstations, to provide a flow of information and data in real time to support production, giving access to up-to-the second information on production throughout the smart factory.
Advanced data management and object recognition technology has increased the capacity to analyse information from manufacturing systems in real time, providing a very positive outcome. One example is our solutions used in partnership with Arkite, who have recently supplied HIM to CNH Industrial. (See case study)
Information is reviewed and updated at anytime for increased efficiency.
In the lean manufacturing environment, visual management ensures data and information are clearly conveyed. Success depends on the correct information being available at the right place and time for rapid identification of bottlenecks within the workflow. Providing detailed, but simple to follow instructions are key to consistent and effective production of product and achievement of the desired output quality and volume.
Visual management systems can provide visual representations of the work scheduled to enable task management and monitoring. Work is broken down into elements, which are organised and repeatedly followed in sequence, to avoid variations in the process, which can increase cycle time, cause delays and a drop in quality standards.
Monitoring and recording processes will highlight where adjustments can be made and a more efficient approach can be developed, allowing continuous improvement, a benchmark for best practice.
The many uses in manufacturing include for example:
- Value stream mapping (VSM),
- Standardise tasks
- 5S housekeeping
- First in, first out
- Presentation of handover information
An important tool in lean manufacturing environments where time and resources dedicated to conveying information, although necessary, are a form of waste. The effective sharing of consistent communication can be used to eliminate waste and achieve a balanced LEAN workflow.