Visual Management & Rolls Royce

Visual Management & Rolls-Royce

Visual Management working for Rolls-Royce

It’s easy to overlook something you haven’t been aware of, and we understand that visual management sometimes falls into that category. However, that’s why we’re here, and that is precisely why we put together our weekly blogs and insights. Although the positive effects of visual management have long been documented, we know that businesses still want to talk about how it could help them. Of course, we know that every business is different and has its own set of problems that require a visual management solution. Just because it works for the ‘big players’ doesn’t mean it will work for you, but it does mean that it’s worth investigating!  In this blog, we want to talk you through our work for one of the most famous brands in the world, Rolls-Royce. Without further ado, let’s get on to the good stuff.

Visual Management Solutions

At VMT, our ever-growing client relationships are what have made us the leading provider of visual management solutions in the UK. We have amassed an incredibly diverse catalogue of clients, including some of the largest and most successful organisations across the UK and Europe. We love sharing the stories behind their success and the implementation of Lean Visual Management within their workplaces.

Rolls-Royce Client Story

Our client Rolls Royce is a leading manufacturer of gas turbine aircraft engines for civil and military use. The TBF (Turbine Blade Facility) manufactures a wide variety of HP (High Pressure) and IP (Intermediate Pressure) turbine blades for Rolls-Royce products. It is the leading facility globally for developing and manufacturing Single Crystal Casting. Rolls Royce TBF

The Visual Management Challenge

The safety culture within the TBF was incredible, as there had been over 1000 days since a lost-time accident had occurred. This led to Rolls-Royce wanting to maintain its mind-blowing safety culture and implement improvements where possible. Senior management from Rolls-Royce hired VMT to develop a safety welcome visual solution for the facility. The solution that VMT designed had to incorporate key safety messages and ensure that any staff and visitors to the facility were under no doubt that safety is the number one priority. It also needed to be striking enough that the safety message wouldn’t go unnoticed, fit within the current architecture of the building and be in keeping with the corporate branding of the Rolls-Royce Turbine Blade Facility.

The VMT Solution!

By working with the vision provided by the client, VMT were able to produce a safety arch that had a lasting impact and highlighted a clear and understandable message of safety and wellbeing. We identified that the archway would structurally fit within the existing architecture of the building and would provide a symbolic ‘gateway to safety’ within the facility. It was essential that we worked some key visual elements into the archway to reinforce the message provided and highlight the importance of safety within the facility.
  1. LED moving message board – provides welcome messages and updates that can be easily tweaked and updated ‘on the fly’.
  2. Commitment to Safety Signature Board – Rolls-Royce asked key personnel at the facility to sign a commitment to safety so all staff could see that the organisation values the safety of its people over all else.
  3. Person Responsible For Safety Mirror – A mirrored surface that reminds all entering the facility that above anyone else, the person that is most accountable for their safety is themselves.
The archway is assembled from a standard aluminium extrusion framework which is structural and long-lasting and is bolted to the floor for added security. Rolls Royce - Signage - Safety Arch (3)

What Was The Outcome?

We delivered and installed the Safety Archway, which immediately drew the attention of all operating at the facility.  Walking through the archway becomes a symbolic reminder of each individual’s responsibility to safety. The live updates portrayed on the archway ensure that the facility stays relevant to all current requirements and events.  The VMT safety archway was very well received by all and had an overwhelmingly positive opinion in the employee survey results. Want to learn more about how VMT can help you introduce visual management within your business? Follow the link below.