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This week we have one example of a visual scheduling board from a company that has scrapped its shop floor MRP system. The various processes are in order on the board, and magnets represent basic job information. The operators have the responsibility to move the magnets, and they can also immediately react if any bottlenecks become visually apparent. What you don’t see: a webcam is aimed at the board so that the sales department always has access to the latest job status information. I would add one enhancement that I’ve seen at other companies: the board is laid out to look just like a process flowchart.