Kamishibai Lean Board: A great tip for TPM


How to stop compile a checklist with the Kamishibai board for TPM (Total Productive Maintenance).

A great solution to eliminate writing and overprocessing in TPM tasks.

Kamishibai Meaning

Kamishibai (紙芝居, paper drama):

Originally Buddhist paper theater performance for children.

At Toyota, this tool is used for visual management,
where cards with an audit or problem-related information are on board.

Here an example:

If a card has been turned on the green side the task or audit it is completed.

If a card has been turned on the red side the task or audit it is completed.

To have further information on the Kamishibai Lean Meaning you can
visit this Lean Glossary

An application for Layered Audit

I have discovered a book on Amazon on this topic.

Kamishibai Boards: A Lean Visual Management System That Supports Layered Audits

This book explains how to use this visual management system
to identify normal conditions versus abnormal conditions in your organization.

Filled with easy-to-follow instructions that require minimal training,
it outlines a layered audit system for sustaining continuous improvement
that can be applied to any organization in any industry.

I have not read the book yet …

If you have read the book you can leave the comment below and let us know 🙂


  • Why is the video for the TPM Kamishibai board blocked? This is new content that I am unfamiliar with. Please unblock this video.

  • a great practical video from lean in TPM, pls add my name to e-mail list, thank you very much for sharing your know-how:-)

  • Very interesting video. For weekly and monthly tasks, it may be well to specify when they are done. Ex: first day of the week or weekend, beginning of the month or last week of the month …. Thank you for sharing

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