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Importance of visuals as lean communication tools

Graham Immerman
January 17, 2018

Using visual lean communication tools can make all the difference when using lean techniques. About lean manufacturing software tools, Pallet Enterprise said, "A picture is truly worth a thousand words, and communication is critical for process improvement. Those two principles are behind the lean manufacturing concept of visual controls. These are visual communication or cues that help employees quickly understand how a process is functioning, what should or should not be done and what needs to be addressed." This is why we use real-time dashboards that are installed directly on your floor. They are color-coded for immediate notification so your employees know right away when your machines are not functioning as they should. 

Lean Manufacturing Communication Strategies: Visual Controls Provide Quick, Efficient CommunicationSource: http://www.palletenterprise.com

The new president of Pallet Services Corp, Travis Huisman, shares principles of lean communication that he has used in consumer products manufacturing.     A picture is truly worth a thousand words, and communication is critical for process improvement. Those two principles are behind the lean manufacturing concept of visual controls. These are visual communication or cues that help employees quickly understand how a process is functioning, what should or should not be done and what needs to be addressed. Visual controls may be signs or placards. It could be visual organization with an outline on a floor or tool boards where missing equipment can be easily determined. For several years, Travis Huisman was the CEO of a consumer products manufacturing company in Washington state, and he was the lean champion at this company. He is bringing his lean background into play as one of the new owners of Pallet Services Corporation, which has yards in Tacoma and Pasco, Washington. Read More

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