Video standard with Visual Standard

Video standard with Visual Standard

Now more than ever, a picture is worth more than thousand words.

Visual Standard is one of the most interesting modules of our MPS. It allows our customers to create work standards on video simply and intuitively. Video standards helps our customers:

  • Train operators
  • Verify compliance to a standardised way of working
  • Enable self-testing of their operators
  • Keep up to date the capability matrix, also known as the ILUO Matrix.

·Before video standard

A couple of weeks ago, we had a Visual Standard workshop at a client’s factory in Germany. During that workshop, the client wanted to verify that the tool could address a particularly important issue. The production of some parts had to be moved from that factory onto a new location in Morocco. This was a condition set by their client, nothing they had a choice about. These were really complex parts that had to be manufactured using a lot of manual steps. In order to facilitate this move, our client had been investing significant time and effort on the creation of a very thorough and detailed Standard Worksheet. For this purpose, they had a number of Germans, Poles, and Czechs using Word and Excel to create English documentation that would be read mostly by Moroccans.

They were also able to verify the standards and provide feedback in real time that was used to improve parts of the standard.

The results were, as you can imagine, worse than they had hoped for. At the new location  workers could not produce the parts as needed in terms of both time and quality. As a result, our customer was forced to maintain production in both locations simultaneously. They were also sending Moroccan workers to be trained in Germany. Yet, every deadline was missed and their costs and losses kept mounting.

· Benefits of the video standard

This was the context in which we were asked by our client to work with them for two days in Germany to prepare some standards with our Visual Standard tool. The results were very positive. Within those two days we worked to define complex processes on video. At once, people in Morocco were able to access these videos via our web portal and used them to train operators. They were also able to verify the standards and provide feedback in real time that was used to improve parts of the standard.

 overview on dashboard of video standard with visual standard

By two weeks later, the expected levels of quality had been achieved.

After the workshop, Moroccan operators continued to work and started to produce new parts. Producing these parts with the expected levels of speed and quality took a little time. By two weeks later, the expected levels of quality had been achieved. Also the standards had been improved thanks to the tools in our platform. As each video standard can be analysed with the Observation tool within MPS, our clients can then propose, validate, and formally approve improved versions.

· More efficiency with video standard

In this particular example, a 55-page Standard Worksheet built in Word was replaced by a 8-minute video composed of 25 sequences marked with a number of quality and security key points.

This is an excellent example that shows how Visual Standard helps our clients train operators and improve quality and performance regardless of their locations, languages, or cultural contexts.

 

Roberto Delgado Marcos

Roberto Delgado Marcos

CEO de Mobile Lean

Who do we think about when we digitalize?

Who do we think about when we digitalize?

The end of the year is, usually, a stressful time. We always attempt to organize the year so that there are not projects that need closing in the very last quarter. But the reality is that as of September everything accelerates and there is no other option but to press forward.

During the last three weeks, members of the mLean team has been visiting different plants, potential clients, and fairs about connected industry, both in Europe and in the US. One of the strengths of the mLean solutions is that we have first-class Lean Manufacturing implementations at our customers. This real-life experience helps our solutions evolve quickly and in substantial ways.  

Well, I wanted to share a reflection that came to mind when talking with my colleagues about their experiences. We detected a trend that seems to be quite common. To put it in context. It is well known that daily meetings, both production meetings at the beginning of the shift, and rapid response meetings to address problems are very useful, there’s nothing new there. The objectives are clear: to favor communication between production teams and a to enable rapid escalation of problems to supervisors when needed. All of it within a limited time span of about 30-40 minutes a day in total. These meetings are held in rooms, usually fitted close to the production line and usually without chairs, to prevent them from lengthening over time. In these rooms there are countless panels with dozens of indicators that are filled, in most cases, by hand.

At Mobile Lean, we truly live with people on the ground. We see how they breathe, how they act, how they struggle, and how, with all that effort, they get the job done.

The trend we see is that more and more frequently we find large screens, tactile in some cases, which are used to display scorecards in Web format. In some other cases they display Excel spreadsheets or some type of office tools.

Our point of view is the following. We are not against any of this, far from it. We believe that it is an obvious path for the industry to go. However, these implementations have some challenges. Is the plant “digitalized” just because of the existence of those displays? What is known about the source of the data displayed, as that data depends, from the most part, on collection by individual persons? Is it sensible to make an investment that, in the best of cases, is used at most two hours a day?

We have seen cases in which people continue to fill in the paper form and then waste time transcribing that information to digital format. They then arrive at the meeting and use the 80″ screen with “good” data. Isn’t this a bit mindboggling?

trabajo en el terreno - Who do we think about when we digitalize?

Have we asked team leaders if that was, indeed, the first need that had to be addressed? Well, in mLean we truly live with people in the ground. We see how they breathe, how they act, how they struggle, and how, with all that effort, they get the job done. And we can guarantee you that there is one thing that no one has ever told us: I need a display in the daily production meeting room. They ask us a lot of questions related to the management of people, training and managing their versatility, among many others, but never about a display in a meeting room that is accessed through a door.

Data is important, but people are more important. That’s why at mLean, we provide people with mobility and with simple, robust, and connected solutions.

We are not saying that visual management, digital or not, is unimportant. Quite the opposite. It is the key that provides the transparency needed by an industry that wants to change its way of working with their people. We believe that, before one takes the step of investing in expensive displays with quick obsolescence, it is important to know how to help the main actors, the people who are in the ground all the time, how to support those who add major value, the operators and the machines.

Data is important, but people are more important. And the industry needs its people to contribute value where and when they best can. That’s why at mLean, we provide people with mobility and with simple, robust, and connected solutions. It is the first step towards that sci-fi industry that we see in the promotional videos of the major automobile brands. Do not start building the house by the roof … or the fix will be more expensive than the problem!

Roberto Delgado Marcos

Roberto Delgado Marcos

CEO at Mobile Lean