May 28, 2013

Practical tools for sharing the information

I found interesting article about one manufacturing company that tried to develop and implement procedure with some tools to ensure that every operator knows the current statues of the process that he or she dealing with. They recognized three main areas for informing their employees:

  1. Sharing Information, where they were using information boards, process layouts, standard process documentation, team information, handover information and news/visitor information. This actually can be good example of how WaveRiders might ensure their workers with up-to-date information that are so crucial to preventive maintenance. 
  2. Signaling Abnormalities. This involves control charts and alarms application. If the first area has strong relation to preventive methods, this emphasis more active procedures. If we consider TPM we will find that both of methods should be applied, as even with the advanced predictive maintenance program defects might occur.
  3. Controlling Process Operation. Here managers usually try to ensure that all have a clear picture of process status (plan/actual). Also skills matrices can be applied to monitor which training each operator is currently taking and what skills he or she lacks.  
  4. Complying to Standard Operation, where safety signage and mistake proofing visuals are placed. This will provide more safe and organized workspace.

Finally, this company combined and presented all this information into one Visual Board, which made all information clear and accessible. I guess, this manufacturing company didn’t introduced something new, however, a few organization ensures their processes to be standardized through any sharing visual tools and methods, which brings them to failure in the implementation phase.

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