Its a well-known fact that you are capable of recalling things which you have seen so its not surprising that visualization boards used in production are really useful innovative tools which can help you get to know your production status instantly.

Now just imagine that a number of these visual tools, indicators and information boards are placed at key places all over your production floor. These boards are color-coded so that it is not difficult for anybody lifting up his head and looking at the board to know any pertinent information regarding production.

One of the main reasons why color coding your visual board is a helpful option is because your mind “recognises” colors a fraction of a second before it recognizes numbers. It is going to take about a couple of seconds, before your mind can translate numbers into proper informative data. On the other hand, it is going to take a while before your mind can analyze the information given to you by the numbers shown to you on the information board. Also, colors can be seen from a distance but you have to be near a board to “understand” the numbers properly and systematically.

Here is some of the information which can be displayed on your production board. You can either use colors to highlight any of this information as well as your production status or you can use charts, graphs and numbers to do that at regular intervals of time.

• How strictly are you adhering to the given schedule?
• What is the production status at the moment?
• Have you managed to achieve the goal for the week?
• Are all the necessary products and raw materials available and at hand.
• Do you have the necessary human resources?

These are just some of the points which you can put on your production board. With a little bit of experience, your team members are going to make it a habit of looking at the production board occasionally. All the important information, data, costs, delivery schedules, safety measures, production status, and even quality-control measures and areas can be represented on your production board.

The production status can be upgraded hourly. The safety status can be recorded once a day. Targets can be colored in blue or black. The results are recorded in either green or in red. Anybody looking at the production board can immediately understand the importance of these colors. So if you want to learn your production status immediately, make sure that all the important information and data goes on to your production board right now!

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