Visualization boards when applied to a factory environment offer a immediate and simple mechanism to communicate information. Information, such as production status, issues, resource planner etc can all be displayed within the work cell. Visual management has its advantages in that it offers an effective and standard method at communicating information – enabling everyone to have access to the same information in the same way at the same time.
So what are the 10 key benefits of using visualization boards?

Reinforcement – Just imagine that you have invited somebody to visit your plant and he can see the production of a particular product going on right in front of him. He has the visual proof in front of him, but when that information is reinforced with the help of a visualization board, it is going to have a much greater impact as it demonstrates close monitoring of the production process.

Immediate assessment – This visualization board, also known as the production control board, not only shows the operational status and how far it has progressed, – well in keeping within the deadline, – but it also can give you a really accurate picture and assessment of the daily and weekly goals and how they are being met.

Proper and regular updates – a visual display board is going to tell you a story. That includes the progress made in the past, the present status, the daily target achieved, the weekly trend and the monthly development and growth done by the team to achieve the required goals.

Flexible Customizable according to your own requirements. You can use flowcharts and different colored pictures on it, so that even a newcomer who is not very conversant with your production process can get a very clear picture of what has been done, is being done and shall be done in the future.

Immediate Performance Information – imagine that you are the production manager of a plant. You just have to stand for a couple of minutes in front of the visualization board and understand which particular area is not performing up to its optimum capacity. After that, you can take firm steps to rectify that problem or look for an alternative solution.

Demonstrates what’s happening on the ground – Visualization boards go someway into reducing the variation between company statistics and reports and actual reality. Normally the boards are owned by the team associated with the information ensuring accuracy.

Easy team access to pertinent information – this data in the shape of charts, lists, graphs, and process flows is going to be in real time, updated on an hourly basis. So every member of the team knows exactly what the status is, what needs to be done and how the goals are going to be achieved within the deadline.

On-site information – production display boards are normally placed on the site itself when the work is being done, instead of being set up in the main office. This is so that the team gets first access to the information rather than being informed by the management about the progress of the work and the goals/targets achieved.

Proper problem solution – you see some information marked in red. The immediate visual interpretation is “danger.” Your experienced team manager has this information at his fingertips and is going to look for the proper solution to the problem so that that particular danger area does not become the “weakest link in the chain.”

Tangible evidence of actual achievement – when the project was in its planning stages, the management had visualized a goal at the end of a given period of time. Now, thanks to a visualization board, it is going to see a tangible and measurable evidence of those achieved goals, right in front of their eyes. All this has been done in a systematic and thorough manner.

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