The Visual Factory
Incorporating visuals in the workplace can make things easier for everyone.
People react to visual stimuli because they convey a message almost instantly. Drivers and pedestrians have street signs, traffic signals, flashing lights and road markers. When shopping in certain stores, we can tell from some type of visual signal which checkout lanes are open. When boarding trains or buses, we look for signs to assure we are headed in the right direction.
Over the past few years, most factories have incorporated visuals in their processes as part of getting lean and with the objective of making things easier for everyone. Some of these “visual factories” have done this quite effectively, using creative techniques to show where things belong (or do not belong), how to set up and operate key equipment, how to assemble or test parts, and even when to replenish frequently used items.
Here are just a few visuals that I have seen recently. Each one addressed a problem in that particular environment and made things just a little easier for those working there.