In 1998 Parker Denison, a US manufacturer of precision hydraulic pumps for aerospace and mining, began a Visual Workplace (VW) project. An implementation team including the General Manager, a management champion, and a visual coordinator was established and the initiative launched with the first step of 5S +1: Visual Order, which included colour-coding with a focus on visual inventiveness and sustainability. Staff were trained to redesign work areas and, for example, in the mill and bore departm...

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