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Introduction

For approximately one year VMT had been working with first tier automotive components manufacturer Sertec Auto Structures to develop and supply Lean Visual Management Boards. These tiered Visual Management boards allow vital information on performance and issues to cascade up and down the management chain. The Visual management boards provide structure and a focal point for team meetings and demonstrate operational control throughout the business.

The Challenge

Sertec had recently introduced new leadership to two closely located operating sites. Both managers were keen to raise the level of visuals onsite to reflect the responsibility in which the business has in supplying world leading Automotive OEMs on time, with an excellent quality product and service. Both sites believed it imperative that the workers onsite saw this reflected in the environment that they work in and the changes happening around them. This scope required the modernisation of existing and development of new visuals and signs.

The Solution

Site Rework

One of the sites was undertaking a reworking of it’s loading/unloading to ensure the most efficient flow of materials in and out of the site. This necessitated the development of clear road and site signage to ensure Lorry drivers (some arriving from overseas) were clear in where they should be either unloading or loading, preventing possible disruption or blockages.

Site demarcation

Whilst the two operating sites of the business are part of the same group, they are separate business units that are close in geographic location. Clear signage was required to help prevent the common occurrence of delivery drivers or visitors arriving at the incorrect site.

Safety Message

Both sites wanted to ensure that all team members felt safe in their working environment. It was deemed important to remind individuals that they have a responsibility to take ownership for both their own and the safety of others. VMT supplied various safety visuals such as this Safety Archway to ensure the messages stick.

Machine Identification

Organisation of assets in the business included supplying visual identification of key machines. Clear Signage identification of machines helps to support the flow of materials to process and provides further structure to factory layout. Including visuals of finished parts on signage adds further clarification to processes.

Environment

The one site undertaking the layout rework had a requirement to modernize the outside visuals of the factory to keep inline with updated branding. It was also felt that professional visual tone setting was important for visitors and employees alike. Backlit signage, etched window graphics and signage were all supplied by VMT                                    

The Results

“I had worked with VMT for a number of years in a previous position and I know them to always utilize a ‘can do’ attitude with their clients’. VMT can take a concept or idea and convert into a professional visual solution that has strong impact in the workplace. The workplace visuals and Visual Management products VMT have so far supplied Sertec have been vital in supporting our ongoing commitment to Continuous Improvement. The VMT team also reflect some of the key Sertec values of Teamwork, Responsiveness and Commitment in their approach.”

Carl Milbourne
Plant Manager