Feature Wall Graphics

Feature Wall Graphics

How could feature wall graphics benefit your business?

At VMT, we cover all of your visual management needs and graphic solutions. From visual management boards to foam solutions, safety signage, floor markings, and everything in-between. We know how keen our clients are to freshen up their workshop, and that’s why in this blog, we wanted to talk about Workplace Wall Visuals!

VMT Workplace Wall Visuals do more than provide an aesthetically pleasing environment. They make important business messages visually striking and clear. Staff and visitors alike can understand the organisation’s values and the direction of travel.

Wall graphics also create an inviting and positive environment to work in, therefore building a business that employees love working for. Think outside the box with your graphics, and you can achieve anything you desire, whether that is to spur on your team and build camaraderie or give instruction and direction.

 

What can your graphics include?

Our clients often ask for guidance when deciding what information to include in their workplace wall visuals. The beauty of choosing VMT is that we are here to guide you through the process using our expertise and knowledge. There aren’t a particular set of rules that a business must follow when it comes to wall graphics. What you want to achieve is largely down to the message you elect to portray and the tone of voice in which you say it.

Here are some of the things that work well within the workplace.

Corporate branding. 

Ensures the link to the workplace and the corporate brand or organisational identity is clear and consistent. 

Mission/Values.

The visual wall messages help to guide actions and behaviours towards the overall vision of the business or organisation. 

Origins/History. 

Assurance can be found in the roots of an organisation or business. Use wall visuals to show your pedigree and expertise in what you do.

Products/Services.

What is the value in your business for which you want your customers to pay? Delivery of this value should be everyone’s priority.

Clients.

To who are you delivering the value created? Show pride in the variety of sectors you work in or the profile of the client with which you work.

Business Principles.

Your Principles may be Lean or Continuous Improvement Methods, etc. Use wall visuals to show your teams how the business “works”.

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Where should you put your graphics?

Without stating the obvious, how much you are able to say with your graphics boils down to the space you have available. In our experience, we have witnessed businesses place their graphics in all kinds of weird and wonderful places.

Take this contra-vision vinyl used by Johnsons Volkswagen on a clear glass partition door.

https://v-m-t.co.uk/contra-vision-vinyl-graphics-volkswagen/

elow are some examples of great places to share your message via workplace wall graphics.

Reception/Welcome Areas

Why not make the first place that your clients, new starters and visitors visit set the tone for everything they see or hear after?

You can use your reception/welcome area to –

-Explain the journey, history or timeline of the business.

-Communicate information about the work that happens onsite.

-Show who the customers are and why they use your service.

Workshop Wall

Along with explaining more about the business and tone-setting, Workplace Wall Visuals are also excellent in displaying key reminder information such as-

-Business improvement principles such as 5S or 7 Wastes.

-Procedural information.

-Signage both directional and instructional.

Meeting Room/Feature Wall

Workplace Visuals don’t have to communicate a specific message. Displaying nice imagery or textures can help to make your meeting rooms or offices more pleasant environments in which to spend time.

Perhaps you have a local landmark or skyline that would provide a good link back to the region or community of people who work in the business.

 

Workplace Visuals and us.

At VMT, we are proud providers of workplace visuals for several reasons. Firstly, we love providing visual solutions to workplace problems and seeing one of our clients succeed always feels like a win! But also, we think it’s great to spruce up a previously dull environment. Providing a slice of energetic imagery to a factory can really change the working dynamic in the workplace itself. If People want to go to work because of a project we’ve put together, that’s a huge win for us.

So, if you think workplace wall visuals could benefit your business, follow the link below and contact Visual Management Technology today!

http://www.v-m-t.co.uk

Shop Floor Visual Management

Shop floor Visual management

Shop Floor Visual Management

At VMT, we are a team of visual management experts that supply our clients with Obeya & Visual Management solutions to best support their unique needs and environment.

Having worked across several sectors, we understand that the needs of each business vary. Therefore we make sure our solutions are flexible, functional and well-branded.

You may also see Visual management centres called Obeya or War rooms.

Could a visual management centre be the answer to the needs of your business? Read on to find out more.

Case study

This visual management centre developed for Metrolink Manchester allowed the business to put the visuals they needed on the shop floor. Staff were able to access performance and organisational information and could act on the information shown.

VMT can supply Visual Management centres that allow for the provision of large screens. We can also integrate client branding in a minimalist or bespoke way.

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Management Centre Integration

VMT Visual Management Centres are constructed using durable and aesthetically-pleasing aluminium machine-building extrusion.

This material allows us to assemble an integrated Visual Management Centre at your site. Your centre can include supporting Visual Management tools such as 5S Shadow Boards, Cleaning Stations and Signage.

We can also integrate technology such as large screen TVs and computer workstations.

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Why should you integrate a visual management centre on your shop floor?

A visual management centre provides a dedicated meeting space for all of your workforce. Team members can track performance and review the problem-solving activity of the business. Visual management centres provide a focus for team activity, meetings and briefings.

When a line manager or decision-maker can stand up and present performance data to their team, it provides focus on data and improvement and Lean behaviours. Therefore helping businesses to become more efficient in their day-to-day workings.

At VMT, we keep the process simple. We take your idea from the initial stages through design development and concept to delivery and final assembly.

Positives of a Visual Management Centre, Obeya or War room.

Create a hub away from daily distractions to manage projects, drive improvements and control performance.

Easy to extend and add new sections if.

Remove the need for free wall space and create the room where you have space available.

Promote employer branding and create a happier and more positive place to work.

Want to learn more about Visual Management Centres, Obeya and War Rooms? 

Just follow the link below.

http://www.v-m-t.co.uk

Food and Drink Sector: – Visual Management Solutions

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Food and Drink Sector: Visual Management Solutions

VMT have extensive experience developing and implementing Visual Management solutions for the Food & Drink Industry. Some of the Visual Management challenges faced by this industry include:

  • Contamination of ingredients and surface areas
  • Cleanliness
  • Hourly targets for production quantities
  • Error and waste reduction
  • Management of Tooling and Equipment

VMT has delivered several products and solutions for the Food and Drink industry. Including a range of suitable products for Hygiene Environments, where contamination can be an issue.

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Cleaning Stations – Baker and Baker

Having an area to house and store Hygiene Equipment is critical in a Food and Drink environment. The equipment must be easily accessible when a location needs urgently cleaning or if there is a spillage. Fixing the Cleaning Stations to a mobile frame can also be helpful as this allows easy mobility for a range of tooling and equipment at one time.


The tooling and equipment can also be colour coded for different areas of a factory. Therefore, creating a sense of ownership and responsibility within your workforce to keep the tooling in the correct place and take care of them. Colour coding can also be helpful for specific processes, ingredients, allergens, or cleaning areas.

food and drink cleaning station
Baker and Baker Cleaning Station

 

Welfare & Safety Station – 

The purpose of these stations is to create a central location for all health, safety and environment information and an area for emergency kits. Having stations located around a factory allows the team members to familiarise themselves with their first aiders and the available emergency kits. We have designed these specifically so they are clear and visible from various areas of the factory, so when an emergency arises, they can quickly seek and use the equipment.


This factory had several steel walls that they were reluctant to drill into. The solution was that we were able to design a solution for them that allows for them to magnetise the board onto the steel wall instead of using screws. We can also help implement this solution for other directional and locational signs.

Welfare & Safety Station – Greencore
Welfare & Safety Station – Greencore

 

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Visual Management Board (Short Interval Control) – Baker & Baker

Baker & Baker used several Scorecard Boards around the factory for different lines/product areas. These Boards consisted of a SIC breakdown, Overall Shift ‘Goal & Actual’, Weekly Trends within Safety, Quality, Productivity, Waste and 5S, Action Log. Having a Short Interval Control breakdown allows the team to collect data for each day/week and review any trends or failures that occurred within the under-target times. This creates a clearer view of where improvements can be made on the line or to plan for downtime maintenance.

Visual Management Board (Short Interval Control) – Baker & Baker
Visual Management Board (Short Interval Control) – Baker & Baker

 

Shadow Boards – Muller

VMT has supplied a variety of Shadow Boards for the Muller Manchester sites Engineering area. These Shadow Board Tools consist of Lifting Equipment, Hand Tools and Power Tools. We were asked to create a wall space to accommodate the tooling where they were easily accessible and in one location and utilise the small wall space available.

Shadow Board – Muller
Shadow Board – Muller

 

Are you looking for visual management solutions within the food and drink sector?

At VMT, we are the UK’s leading provider of Visual Management solutions, specialising in advising on, designing and supplying bespoke Visual Management solutions. We provide everything from simple high impact visual solutions through to innovative workspace planning and optimisation. 

Our background within the food and drink sector allows us to share our knowledge so that you can learn from the mistakes of others and carve your own visual management path.

Just follow the link below.

http://www.v-m-t.co.uk

 

 

Guide to Visual Management Board Design

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Visual Management For The Rail Industry

 
 

VMT’s Guide to Visual Management Board Design 

 
At VMT, we have successfully been working with and for our clients to design Lean Visual Management boards that have a positive continuous improvement impact on their businesses. A well designed and implemented Visual Management board communicates if an organisation or team is having a “good or bad day” and provides a focal point for team meetings and briefs, helping to foster a winning team mentality. We believe that there are crucial elements to Visual Management Board design that can help boost the success of the boards.
 
1. Develop the design with the team
 
Engagement is key to Visual Management board success. To give Visual Management boards the best chance of smooth implementation and long-term prosperity, it is vital that the working teams feel like they have had input into the development and creation – they are invested. When a new way of working is imposed on people, it has a higher chance of creating negativity and suspicion towards it. Time spent jockeying people into keeping a board up to date is better spent completing value-added improvement activities, addressing the issues highlighted on Visual Management Boards.
 
VMT offer our clients the opportunity to receive a full-size paper print of a board design to trial with the working team ahead of the full order for a full Visual Management Board. This gives the team the chance to “red pen” the design and buy into the concept by offering their input.
 
2. Simplify the layout
 
Visual Management board layouts need to be easy to understand. Difficult to interpret company information can effectively become wallpaper as it is there all the time but never really looked at. Within a short time frame, it should be possible for anyone to interpret wherein a business they are standing, what the area is responsible for and how the area is performing. A board stuffed full of graphs might look impressive, but it is unlikely to encourage an organisation’s people to stay up to speed on company performance.
 
VMT develop Visual Management Board designs with and for our clients, and we will happily question a design if we think it is possibly trying to pack too much information into one layout. 
 
3. Drive Continuous Improvement
 
We are often sent Visual Management Board designs to develop for our clients with an area on the board dedicated to ‘Issues’. This is a great start; however, without some agreed ownership and action triggered by the issue, all that is created is a problem parking area with an ever-increasing list of problems. If the list isn’t cleared, a perception may develop that there is no point in raising issues as nothing is ever done about it.
 
When we see these problem parking areas without ownership and action, we will suggest that our client adds: action (specific & achievable), owner & completion date sections. This keeps issues moving through the problem parking areas and drives continuous improvement.
 
 
4. Keep information relevant
 
If the information displayed isn’t current, it isn’t relevant. Data from three months ago isn’t reflective of recent performance or trends; things could have gotten significantly better or worse in that time. A few views of a board that hasn’t been recently updated will lose its appeal to attract future opinions from the individual. 
 
VMT recommend the use of a ‘Board Owner’ and ‘Last updated’ box in the headline area of the board to serve two main purposes: Firstly, It gently encourages the owner of the board to keep the board up to date, and secondly it tells the viewer if it’s worth spending some moments to digest the information on offer. If the last update was a week ago, then the individual might want to wait until a more recent update is shown.
 
5. Display positive information 
 
A working team that can see they are performing well against the target will feel part of a winning team. However, some successes can’t always be measured with KPIs and metrics. One-off actions or completed projects can have a fundamental effect on company success but have no visibility. The achievements should be displayed for all to see, reinforcing the winning team philosophy and encouraging workers to implement actions & continuous improvement beyond their day to day work.
 
Creating a dedicated space to manually wrote in individual and team successes. These should be acknowledged during stand-up meetings and briefs around the boards. This is particularly beneficial on a team level board where a mix of information such as KPI, trends, and issues is also on display.

 

6. Take a consistent approach
 
A joined-up approach across an organisation where a company’s values and objectives (sometimes referred to as policy deployment or balanced scorecard) link with individual teams is essential. Failure to do so will potentially result in the alienation of working teams/business units. To this end, it is essential that the Visual Management boards across the various levels of the business have a consistent look and feel to maintain the strong links across an organisation.
 
 
7. Be as graphic as possible
 
As humans, we respond much better to visual information than written. A Visual Management board with a high volume of written information will be challenging to look at and understand.
 
The use of relevant and straightforward graphs, status indicator magnets and infographics make a huge visual impact. The information they pass on will transcend technical knowledge and language barriers.
 
8. Inform and Update
 
Forewarned is forearmed; keeping team members abreast of upcoming projects and necessary company visits/audits gives individuals the chance to consider what they might need to put in place to perform their part in the company’s performance. It allows escalation and discussion of resources that might need to be available and potential issues in the delivery of a project or new requirement.
 
Setting a dedicated look-ahead area on a team board where upcoming events and projects can be manually noted down is enough to keep work teams informed and prepared.
 
9. Be visible
 
Heading text should be large enough on a Visual Management board that, combined with effective use of status indicator magnets, an instant audit of a process or production area’s health can be performed without close board analysis.
 
Preservation of minimal text and row heights will ensure that the information displayed should never be too small to be seen from a reasonable distance. A good Visual Management board shouldn’t require a “close” inspection.
 
 
10. Look good!
 
Visual Management boards should make a positive impact on the workplace. They should tell the workforce that there is a journey of continuous improvement, and they are invited. Engaging an individual’s senses with visual appeal ensures that the crew sees and feels the importance of a Visual Management initiative.
 
VMT employs skilled graphic designers who will always ensure that Visual Management boards meet aesthetic and functional requirements.