On A Lean Journey, I have talked about Visual Factory or visual management a number of times. My friend Allison Myers and I have talked online about a visual managment board she uses at Lantech.
Allison is a Marketing Product Manager at Lantech where they have been using Lean Thinking for decades. She was nice enough to demonstrate how the marketing team at Lantech uses a visual management board to keep track of projects.
Lantech is the innovation leader in stretch wrapping. We have been since founder Pat Lancaster invented the first turntable stretch wrapper in the early 1970's.
To further strengthen our dedication to unsurpassed customer value, Lantech made a commitment in the early 1990's to transform into a Lean enterprise. A fundamental principle of Lean is that improvements in work always start at the place where the work actually gets done. In Lean that's called going to the shop floor or where the work is done. The simple principle of observing and understanding work first hand, inside customer plants, along with a relentless focus on continuous improvement, has become the guiding philosophy in our quest to develop products and processes that deliver high value.
Lantech's packaging and productivity solutions include semiautomatic and automatic stretch wrapping; automatic case handling; shrink packaging; and pallet-load conveying systems. Lantech is the originator of stretch wrapping technology and world's largest manufacturer, with 65,000 systems placed around the world and 175 U.S. and foreign patents. Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, with manufacturing operations in the U.S. and Europe, Lantech products are sold and serviced by a worldwide network of 175 distributor locations. Visit http://www.lantech.com/ to learn more. You can now follow us on Twitter @ LantechCom.
Tim McMahon is a Lean implementation leader, author, blogger, and founder of ALeanJourney.com. This site is dedicated to sharing lessons and experiences along the Lean Journey in the Quest for True North. Tim is the co-author of The Lean Handbook, a comprehensive Lean reference guide for accredited certification. He is also a regional board of director for AME and an Influential Voice for ASQ. Learn more about Tim on about.me/timothyfmcmahon