Flow Chart is a diagram that uses graphic symbols to depict the nature and flow of the steps involved in a process. It is used to understand various processes involved and the sequence of execution of the process.

If you are new to a process and you need come clarity about what are the process are involved and what is the sequence of the process that is happening the right tool to be used for this is Flow Chart.

For an effective problem solving we need to understand the process flow to decide where to start the troubleshooting.

A simple example is given below

Flow Chart

The flow chart above gives us a clear picture what is the process involved between the raw material receipt and final machined components sent to assembly. It is easy to interpret the actual process with the flow chart and understand the deviations so as to take appropriate decisions in the problem solving process.

There are various symbols used in drawing a flowchart. A list of symbols and the application is explained below.

Flow Chart symbols

We believe the content posted above has helped you to learn the basics about Flow Chart. We would be glad to hear your comments in the comments section below.

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