By Steve Hudgik
The term "visual workplace" refers to one of the key underlying concepts of lean manufacturing. It refers to a workplace that uses a system of visual cues and visual communication tools that impart information visually at the time and place it is needed. The benefits of having a visual workplace is that it will improve productivity, safety, quality, on-time delivery, profits and employee morale by implementing "visual controls."
Visual controls make working areas user friendly by answering questions; identifying equipment, materials and locations; describing actions and procedures; and providing safety warnings and precaution information. Visual controls help employees avoid wasting time by giving them the information they need, where and when they need it.
One part of creating a visual workplace involves using proper labeling and signage to create a workplace in which employees have the information they need, understand their role, and contribute in a positive way to the success of your company.
Establishing a visual workplace is not an expensive management tool nor is it difficult to implement. It involves posting information about the job to be done, the work area (environment), the equipment and materials to be used, safety and job performance.
Use these links to learn more about the underlying principles of a visual workplace.
|More Information:||Introduction to the
Five S System (Online Tutorial)|
Visually Instructive Plant (Magazine Article Reprint)
Web Site: The Visual Workplace
*The term "visual workplace" is not used here as a brand name. Visual workplace is a lean manufacturing term that has been used since the early days of lean manufacturing to describe one of the components of lean manufacturing. The information on this page is provided to help you better understand what comprises a visual workplace, and to help you improve your work environment through the use of visual workplace techniques.