Visual Workplace & Lean Introduction

Visual Workplace is a Lean manufacturing concept that focuses on the need for placing critical information at the point of use.

The concept of visual workplace is to embed critical information in the physical workplace through the use of signs, labels, placards, displays and other markings. These visuals create a safer, more efficient working environment by eliminating the need for repetitive training and constant supervision. 


Visual devices play a critical role in many of the most popular Lean techniques such as 6S, Standard Work and Total Productive Maintenance. In fact, Visual Workplace serves as the key sustaining force for these initiatives, ensuring that Lean improvements remain clearly visible, readily understood and consistently adhered to long after the Kaizen (change) event is over.

Every day, companies are discovering the benefits of creating, implementing and managing visual standards throughout their facilities. Effective visual communications play a key role in Lean techniques that are used to improve profitability, enhance customer satisfaction and maintain a competitive edge in the marketplace.

Benefits of a Visual Workplace include: 

It’s not uncommon that 50% or more of a facility’s activities are considered waste! In a visual workplace visual devices are positioned at the point of use and can be easily understood at a glance.

Research shows that people gain 75% of what they know visually, 13% through hearing and 12% through smell, touch, and taste. Because employees tend to learn by seeing, workplace visuals can make it easier for employees to do their jobs on time with fewer mistakes and less stress.

The impact that visuals can have on productivity, cost, quality, on-time delivery, inventory and equipment reliability is truly enormous. These improvements not only boost bottom-line profits, but also help to build a sustainable competitive edge in the marketplace