A book that shows manufacturers how to use visual cues and systems to
improve their bottom line received a Shingo Research Prize this month.
Dr. Gwendolyn Galsworth, author of "Visual Workplace-Visual Thinking:
received the award at the 18th annual Shingo Prize conference and awards
Amid a manufacturing environment plagued by layoffs and outsourcing, Visual
Workplace shows manufacturers how to save time and money by unlocking
the language of the Toyota Production System in a visual way.
Visual Workplace demonstrates how the use of visual devices and systems in
the workplace help:
- Employees find more efficient ways to get work done,
- Eliminate waste
- Create a more spirited, engaged work force, and
- Produce higher-quality products.
The Shingo Research Prize recognizes researchers throughout the world who
promote new knowledge and understanding of manufacturing and business
improvement methods. Galsworth is one of eight recipients this year.
Galsworth is the president of Quality Methods International Inc, a consulting and
training company that specializes in visual workplace technologies. For more
than 20 years, she has helped companies like Lockheed-Martin, Rolls-Royce,
Delphi Automotive, Sears and Pratt & Whitney dramatically improve their