Andon is a japanese term that refers to a system of notification which is widely used today. The system provides management, maintenance or other employees of a quality issue, line stop or process problem. The andon system utilizes sensory notifications to alert others of a problem and more importantly the need for support. The alerts are are normally activated manually by a worker who observes the issue or by automated means that senses an abnormality somewhere in the process.
Some examples of the andon system can be seen Above.
What do the Colors Mean?
While the colors of an Andon System are not standardized, the most common colors used and their messages are:
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