Monday Morning Message on Lean – 5S Sticky Tag – August 9, 2010

August 9, 2010

“Improvement usually means doing something that we have never done before.” – Shigeo Shingo

We were facilitating a 5S Event in a customer service area of a carton manufacturer and noticed something special during the first “S” Sort. The team was sorting through items in the area and affixing 5S Red Tags to them. The 5S Red Tags were pre-printed with string already attached to the tag. When in a factory, it is easy to use pre-wired 5S Red Tags for unneeded items. That is probably the most common method. What we noticed while in the office is that the team members were using masking tape to attach the tags to the items like boxes, files, cabinets, prototypes and so on.

After the event Jennifer, from 5S Supply said “Why can’t we just have a Post-it™ Note style 5S Red Tag?” That’s how the 5S Sticky Tag got started. When you think of kaizen (continuous improvement), this is a great example. Jennifer saw a way to improve something and then it was implemented. While creating the sample tag the team decided to add other features to make it even easier to use and fill out. The team tried the tag out in many conditions and found that it would stick to any surface that a super-sticky Post-it™ note would. They also decided that check boxes would speed up filling out the tag and help categorize the reason for tagging and disposition. Two check boxes were added specifically because of our work in hospitals implementing Lean – recycle (as part of being “Green”) and shred (in case it has confidential information on it). Because they are peel & stick, it will speed up your red tagging process. To make it convenient, the team decided to package the 5S Sticky Tags in two packs of 50 for 100 tags total per pack. Since first offering these revolutionary tags in 2009 we haven’t rested on our laurels. As part of kaizen, we now offer an even stickier tag. The team also came up with a tagline (no pun intended) to help describe what they thought 5S Red Tagging could do – “Changing the World, one tag at a time.” This may seem amusing but when you think of it, kaizen is about little changes over time for the better.

So as part of our 4th Anniversary month this August, we are offering a Free Sample Pack of our tags with any order. Just add the product Tag Sample Pack TGR-000 to your order – no charge. One sample pack per customer please.

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