Andon in Lean manufacturing is a system designed to alert operators and managers of problems in real-time so that corrective measures can be taken immediately. It is part of the Lean Manufacturing process. It is important to understand the reason for it to fully reveal all the possibilities of the Andon systems.
Lean Manufacturing is about eliminating waste all along the production line. It can be a waste of time, stock or capacity. Coupled with Kaizen tools and techniques, it allows the company to better manage its resources for better productivity.
The main purpose of Andon is to improve the flow of information in case of problems. All factories have problems that may delay or stop production (yes, even Toyota). So, in order to streamline the issue raising and tracking process ANDON give the right solution to track the issue and improving the efficiency.
It works in two principles:
- Andon alerts the human that there is a problem
- The Andon allows the human to stop a process and prevent the defect from continuing down the line
Andon in Lean manufacturing is a system designed to alert operators and managers of problems in real-time so that corrective measures can be taken immediately.
In lean manufacturing, Andon refers to any visual display that shows status information on the plant floor.
Benefits of Andon
- The visual representation of difficulties allows for a better understanding of the situation by decreasing and minimizing the waste associated with locating information or breakdowns that result in the shutdown of the production line.
- Andon gives maintenance teams and management more control over the production chain by anticipating and forecasting problems.
- In order to build and sustain effective management systems, information about the production chain’s operation must flow from the lowest levels of the organization’s hierarchy to decision-making positions. They will have a better understanding of how the production chain works as a result of this.
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