Mieruka: More Examples - Informative


In our third article on Mieruka (visual control), we provide more examples for Informative visuals straight from Toyota's factories, one...

In our third article on Mieruka (visual control), we provide more examples for Informative visuals straight from Toyota's factories, one of the four 3I1Ps (Informative, Instructional, Identification, and Planning) that form the four types of mieruka.

By Karn G. Bulsuk


Informative visuals are designed to provide people with updates of a current situation.

Current Staff Location

This visual was designed to support the sales department at a Toyota company. Members of this department are usually out on the road at the warehouse, a customer or overseas. The purpose of this visual was to provide those looking with a quick update on where everyone was, so that a manager could know without asking.

Level of Defects

A wall specifically designed for mieruka contains a variety of information

One of them includes statistics on defective goods

This visual is a set placed on a wall in order to provide information on what to look for when inspecting computer chips for defects, and also informative statistics.

It shows the actual number of defects for the entire year, classified into defect types per month. The purpose is to both encourage further improvements in quality as well as to let inspectors know what to look out for when checking each individual chip.

Temperature and Humidity Monitor

A small but highly visible circular chart which records temperature and humidity

A closeup shows two pens automatically taking measurements over time

Some of the components used in Toyota's cars, such as the microprocessors used to operate the automatic gear, are sensitive to extreme temperature and humidity. As such, a temperature and humidity monitor is employed to monitor conditions within the warehouse, and is checked by employees on a regular basis. Any major deviations are investigated and dealt with.

Inbound Area

The inbound area here is used to inspect all electronic components. A series of wall charts provides information past levels of quality, as well as exact instructions on how to unpack and inspect the goods.

Quality Control

These diagrams are placed in the warehouse storage areas, and are used to tell people exactly when to look for when it comes to damaged packaging.

Defective Products Monitor

This visual records the number and specifics of defective products. Fields are clearly marked to ensure that all necessary information is provided and easily understood, while the use of a whiteboard makes modification easy. The entire board is used for this purpose and it also stands on the way into the room, making it impossible to miss.



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