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Visual Control System


General Description

This course provides the Visual Knowhow to enable companies in both manufacturing and services (including office areas) to turn the workplace into self instructive communication. This can help to minimize conflict durr to poor verbal communication and to guide desirable work attitudes to achieve a healthy, conducive working environment. Properly used, visual control systems support improvement programmes for improved quality levels, higher productivity, reduced set-up time and downtime, reduced need for management people in factory, and greater employee satisfaction and morale.

Detailed Description

Symbols are representations of control systems and help guide us in our daily lives to take objective actions. Without these symbolic or graphic displays, there would be more hassles, confusion and occasional disruptions and even collisions and accidents. In other words, symbols can visually provide intelligent inputs to enable the workers to take Right-The-First-Time actions. Japanese management will waste no time to emphasize the importance of a clean and self-instructive workplace system. These imperatives are the prime-movers of the Japanese organizational methods that help to make the workplace productive. When visual systems are applied to process control, abnormalities are easily exposed and workers can take immediate corrective actions. This self-regulated control is important for quality control. Other areas where visual control can be put to good use to build an informative workplace are:
(1) Storage Control
This includes proper storage of parts, tools, equipment, and inventory of finished goods, etc.
(2) Utilities Supply Control
This includes providing proper windows to enable supplies & expendable items to be replenished on a timely basis.
(3) Operation Sequence Control
This includes the use of colour, shape to assure proper order of assembly and avoid wasted motions and rework.
(4) Process Monitoring
This includes the use of colour to differentiate the behaviour for safety, quality and process control.
(5) Workplace Management
This includes the use of lines, arrows, circles and foot-marks to direct the directions and prompt the desired behaviour for safety, quality and process control.
(6) Properties Classification
This includes the use of colours and colour bands to sort, differentiate the different types of components, liquids, gases, tubing and equipment components to provide adequate information for correct application and safety.

Information on Enrollment

All managers, engineers, supervisors and foreman who must know how to improve quality and productivity at the workplace. Those who are preparing for TQC, JIT and TPM should consider attending this workshop.