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How much time is lost when your CNC Operator has to search for tooling? This is a classic example of waiting waste, motion (walking) and transportation (moving items) waste.

Q. What’s one of the main causes of this waste?

A. Not having what you need, where you need it.

Many CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) machines have carousels to hold needed tooling, but unfortunately it never seems to hold all the tools you need. Countless manufacturing companies and job shops keep the CNC tooling in a Tool Room. Regrettably, these are not typically located next to the CNC’s.

Here’s a simple solution – have CNC Tool Carts next to your machine. By placing needed CNC Tooling next to the machines you can reduce waste by keeping them at “point-of-use”. This is part of “Set-in-Order” from the 5S’s. Organize tooling by how often it is used, label it and color-code it to make it easier to identify quickly.

If you can reduce or eliminate the wasted searching time, there can be phenomenal savings.

Estimated Payback Examples:Searching Waste Infographic

Search Time For Tools

(per Shift)

Number of Shifts

Estimated Hourly Rate

(Man, Machine, Production)

Savings per Year

(5 days per week, 52 weeks per year)

15 minutes

1

$100

$6,500

15 minutes

2

$100

$13,000

15 minutes

3

$100

$19,500

25 minutes

1

$150

$16,250

30 minutes

2

$175

$45,500

15 minutes

3

$50

$19,500

5S Supply has partnered with Stor-Loc to provide five different styles of CNC Tool racks including:

  • TO-SL-CSC_Detail-1Stor Caddy – great for Changeovers! Customize with 1-3 drawers to hold inspection tools, etc.
  • Tool Cart – includes two pull out decks for tooling
  • Tool Rack – when you need more storage at point-of-use, eight shelves
  • Tool Caddy – mobile solution to hold your tools,
  • Mini Tool Caddy – when space is at a premium, four shelves

 Get your workplace organized, save time and money with Stor-Loc and 5S Supply!

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Learning the Ropes

August 12, 2013

This weekend we had one of those wonderful Chicago summer days that you always dream about especially when our weather can be so unpredictable. I had the splendid opportunity to sail on the tall ship “Lynx” which was here as part of the Tall Ships exhibit at Navy Pier. Not that I am always thinking about Lean or how organizations’ tick, but there were two things that struck a chord with me during our adventure.

Lynx sailing ship

Lynx sailing ship

Tall Ship Lynx

Here’s a little background on the Lynx. Lynx is a square topsail schooner based in Newport Beach, California. She is an interpretation of an American letter of marque vessel of the same name from 1812. The original Lynx completed one voyage, running the Royal Navy blockade; the British captured her in 1813 at the start of her second voyage.1

Teamwork

What impressed me was how they were able to get underway and set sail with such a small crew (with minimal help from us land lubbers). The Captain would call out an order, the First Mate and crew would call it back verbatim. There were many things going on, but the hands knew what they we supposed to do (standardized work). If one of the less experienced crew members did something that wasn’t up to standard the more experienced deck hand would show him or her how to do it correctly or the First Mate would take the time to do a short coaching moment.

Roger and Tony sporting the 5S Supply Champion Cap

Roger and Tony sporting the 5S Supply Champion Cap

They worked together as a team to get the task done efficiently and safely. The Captain (read: CEO) knew where he wanted to go. It was up to the crew to make it happen. The ship was large enough that there was no way that the Captain could see what everyone was doing. He had to trust the crew (read: respect for people) to carry out the orders with the help of the First Mate (read: front line supervisor).

Training

Learning the Ropes

Learning the Ropes

This might seem like a simple one, but it dawned on me when I saw the crew at work “learning the ropes.” As a new crew member it could be overwhelming to know all the ropes that connect to the rigging and other parts of the ships. I asked one of the deckhands what it was like to “learn the ropes?” She said that it took her about a week and a lot of practice to understand where all the ropes go. She also mentioned how she was well-trained and that the crew was willing to help her out when she had questions or was unsure – now that’s pulling together!

It’s amazing what we can learn by visiting different groups, teams, companies and so on. Be open to new ideas. You may also be surprised how many of our Lean principles have been practiced for centuries without us even noticing. So let’s weigh anchor and get underway!

Reference: 1. Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynx_(tall_ship)

5S Supply is pleased to announce our 7th Anniversary Celebration!

5S Supply Team

Tony, Jennifer, Maggie and Buster

We have been lucky to serve the Lean community for the past seven years and want show our gratitude with a ‘Lucky 7’ celebration. We started 5S Supply because we knew how hard it was to find items for kaizen events. We thought – there has to be a better way, so we created 5S Supply. To help recognize this milestone 5S Supply will have special offers, new products and even a free webinar series by a Shingo Publication Award Winner, Beau Keyte during the month of August. Stop by our website to see all the happenings www.5Ssupply.com.

Our Story

5S Supply Warehouse Frankfort, IL

5S Supply Warehouse Frankfort, IL

It all began as the proverbial garage start-up except we were in a large conference room in an office building. As we grew, we then moved to the basement of my sister’s house. Because of our loyal customers and ongoing success, while striving to bring products that help Lean implementations, we had to move to a larger facility in our current location and warehouse in Frankfort, IL. Over the years we have continued to bring more value added content for our customers. In 2009, we revamped the website to make it more appealing and easier to navigate. From our humble beginnings of showcasing 5S related items we have expanded to offer anything Lean – as we say “from A3 to Value Stream Mapping.” With over 1,000 items I’m confident that we can help you find what you need. Many of our products that we developed came out of our experience helping organizations on their Lean journey – from creating 5S Red Tag Stations, inventing the 5S Sticky Tag, our very popular Gauge Range marking system, to more recent Kanban Posts and Hourly Production Boards. We continually look for items that we wished we had in our earlier days of implementing Lean. We promise to remain the leader in product innovations related to Lean.

Belief

We understand that there are many ways you can obtain supplies for your Lean implementation and we want to earn your business with every transaction. Our goal was to make a “one stop shop” for all your Lean needs. You don’t have to waste time going to several websites, sending people out to local stores or even sending multiple purchase orders – we have made it simple and easy to find what you need.

Thanks

Thank you again for all your support over the years, we couldn’t have done it without you. We are blessed to be part of such a supportive Lean community and we will continue to find ways to give back.

All the best!

Tony Manos

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