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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Visual Management Board

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.

You can follow Allison on Twitter at AllisonRMyers. Learn more about Allison on LinkedIn at AllisonMyers.

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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.

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  1. That's the Kanban board in action (introduced by Toyota).

    Check smartQ online visual board app - http://www.getsmartQ.com

  2. I would suggest you also consider LeanKit Kanban www.leankitkanban.com. Our product has been used to implement visual management by sales and marketing team's, construction companies, law firms, universities, real estate agents, and many others. It's a powerful tool for improving productivity, especially when combined with large touchscreens and iPad/iPhone.

  3. Jon, I have. Check out this post which I talk in detail about my digital system.

    When are you going to have an android app for your system?

  4. Thanks for sharing this Tim & Allison. I'm always interested to see how other people use visual management in their processes. We have a similar thing for a project we are conducting, but the rows represent value streams rather than resources.

    1. Your welcome Mark. Are you interested in sharing with the rest of us. Feel free to contact me.

  5. Hi guys, just wanted to drop our sister companys name into the visual management "mixer" here. I hope thats ok. They provide bespoke visual management boards that are branded with logos, specific company features etc. The boards can include dry wipe areas, magnetic sections, mobile,shelves. The ability to quickly introduce physical data still has its place as well as software driven solutions. www.lean5sproducts.com