Visual Management Systems


Systems and Software

Visual management systems play a huge role in reaching lean goals for any business. They are able to show whether everything is working out as it was planned. Standard work is the principle of the lean goal. This will deliver a consistent velocity and quality from a process.

The use of these management systems is to locate and identify anything that is not standard so that it can be corrected as soon as possible. The sooner there is a reaction to the abnormal conditions, the better it is to be cost effective while running a smoothly efficient lean process. It also prevents them from occurring again.

There are two major types of visual management systems. One is the well-known andon. This system works simply and quickly to let workers know when there is a production flow problem. It will be in the form of a cord pull or a button. Once the worker does this, an alert sound will be heard to let others know about either part shortages or defects. In some instances the andon can be connected to an electronic signboard. The sign will display what the production status is and can show if things are running as they should be. The whole purpose of andon is the visual alert.

The other system is the kanban. This system can display stock levels that are available on the manufacturing process by using electronic signboards. The numbers displayed are in color and turn red when supplies are becoming critically low. This warning can enable management to start a stock refresh.

This use is mainly for Just In Time manufacturing. It also promotes the 5S lean practices at the workplace. This can be used in any retail or manufacturing industry with a flow of tangible goods.

Another way that the kanban visual management systems work is the live system. This can display information on a large screen or signboard after it is automatically collated.