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We have collected an array of articles that offer a variety of continuous improvement ideas and information. You will also find information written by others that we found worth sharing. These articles will provide insights and tips regarding: Visual Management, Safety, 5S and other Lean applications.

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Banners Get Your Facility Messages NOTICED!

Banners are a great way to get your message noticed quickly, indoor and outdoor! Use a combination of eye-catching color, logos, clipart and bold statements to help increase safety awareness and add greater impact.

Best Practices for Wayfinding and Directional Signage

Best Practices for Wayfinding and Directional Signage

Wayfinding and directional signs are needed for easy navigation for both employees and guests in any workplace. When creating wayfinding visuals, there are five principles you must consider for maximum effectiveness.

Floor-Marking Borders and Symbols

Floor-Marking Borders and Symbols

Learn how to add significant visual impact to your work environment with Floor-Marking borders and symbols instead of paint. You can clearly define work areas, production, direction, shipping lanes, emergency exits, and more!

The Making of a Visual Workplace: Changing Information Deficits into Visual Devices

The Making of a Visual Workplace: Changing Information Deficits into Visual Devices

Dr. Gwendolyn Galsworth discusses the merits, pitfalls and logistics of becoming a visual workplace in a series of three brief articles:

  • The Visual Workplace
  • The Problem: Information Deficits
  • Visual Devices: Letting the Workplace Speak
Grede Foundries Cost Savings Study

Grede Foundries Cost Savings Study

Having the right tools are critical to successfully implementing visual management. See how Grede Foundries saved $15,000 over a three year period using the Mobile In-house Sign Shop to create their visual workplace.

Sign Hanging Techniques for Professional Results

Sign Hanging Techniques for Professional Results

Achieve professional sign hanging results by learning to choose the right technique and product to display your signs. Consistent methods and products will give your facility a clean, professional look.

Kaizen Event Planning

Kaizen Event Planning Resources

The best way to ensure continuous learning and a culture of Continuous Improvement is to GO SEE or do a Gemba walk on a weekly basis to ensure operations are lean, visual, and effective. As a leader, it’s important for you to remember to look for opportunities that you can bring to your next Kaizen Event (aka Rapid Improvement Event) and look for specific areas where you and your team can work better together.

Key Visual Management Strategies

Key Visual Management Strategies

Strategically placing visual management controls and displays at the point of use to emphasize critical actions can help to improve the safety of your facility. This article will provide some specific recommendations how to use visual management techniques to improve safety.

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TOOLS that Generate Sustainable Results with Visual Management

In order to successfully create a visual workplace, you must educate your team about the principles of Visual Management and provide them with the right tools. In a culture of Visual Management, waste becomes visible and improvements become sustainable.

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Organizational Excellence: Tool Shadow Boards

The use of tool shadow boards provides an immediate visual aid that will increase productivity and improve overall workspace organization.

Training

Training

Exposing problems and waste everywhere requires an environment focused on employee engagement. In order to create that environment, organizations must develop standard work and formal training programs as a foundation. Visual displays will increase employee engagement and define what we accept, tolerate and reinforce.

Visual Management & Safety in the Workplace

Visual Management & Safety in the Workplace

A safe workplace requires more than just a few signs here and there! Missing information must be identified and translated to create a safety road map that will engage your employees to keep their workplace safe.

5S & Visual Workplace Color Code Standards Guide

5S & Visual Workplace Color Code Standards Guide

Color codes promote safety and improve performance – saving time, money, even lives. The 5S and Visual Workplace Color Code Standards Guide explains color code methodology and regulations, and will help you with ideas to implement the efficient, effective use of color in your facility.

Visual Problem Solving

Visual Problem Solving

The focus of Visual Problem Solving is establishing a problem solving framework that can be bolted on to huddle meetings and used as data collection for information and agenda items for process improvement.

VWP Tips and Shortcuts

VWP Tips and Shortcuts

Creating a visual workplace is not always intuitive. There are many ways to effectively and resourcefully implement visual management. See examples and ideas of visual tips and shortcuts that will save you time and reduce costs.

Visual Safety Procedures - First Aid & Emergency

Visual Safety Procedures – First Aid & Emergency

Visual Workplace products and training resources provide all the tools you need to foster visual management processes in your facility.

More importantly, these fast and easy-to-use resources will engage your staff to actively participate in continuous improvement for your company by creating a visual workplace. Success follows success. As your employees become educated on the principles of Visual Management, they’ll learn to see for themselves the opportunities for improvement.

Visual Metrics - Audits & Safety Team Performance

Visual Metrics – Audits & Safety Team Performance

Is there an opportunity in your facility to incorporate safety and workplace organization metrics together? Are safety audits visually posted and discussed with your team? Is your safety team clearly identified and your organization’s performance displayed? Visual Workplace products and training resources provide all the tools you need to foster visual management processes in your facility.

You won’t get LEAN until you get VISUAL!

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