Brady - 3 Ways to Make Lean More Visual

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Visuals are a key component of many lean manufacturing techniques, including 5S Workplace Organization, Standard Work, Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), Kanban Pull Production, and other continuous improvement methods.

In fact, visuals are now considered an essential component of any successful lean manufacturing initiative. They are proven to effectively reinforce standards, and help your staff and employees detect abnormalities at a glance. Most lean experts agree: the more visual your facility is, the more likely you are to sustain your lean improvements.

In this whitepaper, we'll show you three ways that you can start to incorporate visual concepts and techniques into your existing lean activities:

  1. Incorporate visual thinking in existing kaizen or rapid improvement events
  2. Dedicate kaizen events to enhancing the visuality of a specific work area or process
  3. Instill visual thinking into lean daily management practices.

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