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Visual Display & ControlVisual display relates information and data to employees inthe area. For example, charts showing the monthly revenues of thecompany or a graphic depicting a certain type of quality issuethat group members should be aware of.A visual control is intended to actually control or guide theaction of the group members.Examples of controls are readily apparent in society: stop signs,handicap parking signs, no smoking signs, etc.Visual controls describe workplace safety, productionthroughput, material flow, quality metrics, or other informationAudio signals in the factory are also very important becausethey signal malfunctioning equipment, sound warnings beforethe start of machine operation, or other useful information.
Benefits of VisualManagementVisual management techniques express information in a waythat can be understood quickly by everyone.Visual displays and controls help keep things running asefficiently as they were designed to run.Sharing information through visual tools helps keepproduction running smoothly and safelyVisual information can also help prevent mistakes. Colourcoding is a form of visual display often used to prevent errorThe most important benefit of a visual factory is that it showswhen something is out of place or missing
Examples of VisualManagementColour-coded pipes and wiresPainted floor areas for good stock, scrap, trash, etc.Shadow boards for parts and toolsIndicator lightsWorkgroup display boards with charts, metrics, procedures,etcCommunicating goals and objectivesPublishing results of continuous improvement effortsProduction status boardsDirection of flow indicatorsIndicate the quantity or the maximum amount of inventoryProvide a document form that tells employees the items sothey can distinguish them from other items.
Example : Andon Board• Andon system is one of the principal elements ofAndon system is one of the principal elements ofthe Jidoka Quality Control method pioneered by Toyotathe Jidoka Quality Control method pioneered by Toyota• AndonAndon is a system referring to a system to notifyis a system referring to a system to notifymanagement, maintenance, and other workers of amanagement, maintenance, and other workers of aquality or process problem.quality or process problem.• The centrepiece is a signboard incorporating signalThe centrepiece is a signboard incorporating signallights to indicate which workstation has the problem.lights to indicate which workstation has the problem.• The alert can be activated manually by a worker using a pull-cord or button, orThe alert can be activated manually by a worker using a pull-cord or button, ormay be activated automatically by the production equipment itself.may be activated automatically by the production equipment itself.• The system may include a means to stop production so the issue can beThe system may include a means to stop production so the issue can becorrected. Some modern alert systems incorporate audio alarms, text, or othercorrected. Some modern alert systems incorporate audio alarms, text, or otherdisplays.displays.