As part of the Toyota Production System, the Andon acts as a tool to implement simple symbolism on the shop floor to inform about a process or machine status. It helps you and your team to easily identify failures or discrepancies. The term Andon Cord is a lane at the assembly line to let operators give signals on line issues, the Andon Board is a screen or visual board showing all lamps and signals from a particular production area.
Why do you have to implement an Andon System?
How do you implement the Operator-Process Flexibility?
- One of the most typical application of Andon is the Andon Cord
- The Andon Cord helps operators to stop assembly lines once they are delayed because of several reasons or equipment does not work accordingly
- The Andon Cord is stretched above the operators, close enough to be caught by operators but hanging high enough to not disturb them during their operations