Visual Management in Your Car

You may have noticed that I am a big fan of visual management.  As such, I got a good laugh out of this photo and wish that I had thought of it myself.  It’s clear, concise, easy to understand, and hard to miss at the point of use.  Apparently running out of gas is not an issue or there would be some additional labeling on the gas gauge as well.

What are your thoughts?  What do you like about this example?  What could be even better?  How can you use this example in your plant?


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4 Responses to Visual Management in Your Car

  1. maybe to extreme as there is no tolerance at all accepted

    • Excellent point Gerhard. I hadn’t really thought of it since this example is more about getting a laugh. To your point, the paper used for the “No!” on the speedometer should be red. There should be a green section for the desired speed (maybe 0-60 in this case) and a yellow section that is OK to run in the short term but not ideal for the long run (maybe 60-65). Is this what you are suggesting? Thanks for your thoughts.

      • Well, to make it perfect, the visual signal should be combined with an acoustic one.
        Generally it should be hooked up with the GPS as these signals (at least in Europe ) give you the allowed speed. From a medical standpoint, it is a double effect when the lateral and ventral tract to the brain are active ( read and listen !) . Same with machines in production – out of standard should be visualized and give a tone as double signals……….

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