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Is Floor Marking Worth it?

September 9, 2015

Does floor marking (floor tape and symbols) improve your productivity and safety?

Floor_Marking_Poll_ResultsIn our recent polling question, an overwhelming response of 90% agreed that floor marking improved efficiency and safety.

What company wouldn’t benefit from increased productivity and a reduction in workplace injuries?

How does floor marking help improve productivity?

Here are some examples:

  • Marking where completed jobs go reduces search time to quickly move the product to the next operation. Using color-coding such as green for “good to go”, or red for “QC Hold” also helps create a visual system that can be recognized in an instant.
  • Marking where the next job goes helps the operator focus on value-added activities and not have to search or guess what to work on next. Having a specific spot and marking the next job makes it super-simple for the operator to know what to work on next. Once again, color-coding can help – using blue can indicate “next job”.
  • Mark specific locations for Raw Materials and Finished Goods. How and where you layout materials can save hundreds of hours of search time per year. Using yellow corner markers along with ovals to label locations will speed up identification of materials in a warehouse or shipping-receiving area.
  • Create a Pull System and Kanban. When the spot is empty, fill it up. When the marked location is full, stop. This is a simple, visual Kanban system that works well for processes that are next to each other.
  • 5S the work area – “A place for everything and everything in its place!” Visually marking where items go saves time and money because you’ll have the right item, at the right location, in the right quantity.
  • Other color-coding examples can be used like white to mark off work benches or equipment.

How does floor marking improve safety?

  • By marking safe areas to walk versus forklift traffic areas. Most companies use yellow to signify walkways. Add in footprint symbols to ensure that employees and visitors know quickly where the designated walkways are.
  • Mark off fire extinguishers, electrical panels and eye wash stations. This can be accomplished with red border kits. The red helps signify safety. By marking off these areas, it helps keep them clear and readily identifiable.
  • Mark-off door swing areas or other parts of moving equipment. Use dashed lines or dots to help visually identify these areas.

To finish the poll results – seven percent of the respondents had no opinion and three percent said it didn’t help or made it worse. Wonder what happened there?

If you have questions about floor marking, please give us a call at 888-4 Lean 5S (888-453-2657).

Special bonus – Super September Sale! 25% off our BesTape and 5S Symbols.

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Here’s an excerpt from my recent interview with Santa Claus:

Tony: Santa, I know you are very busy this time of year and I appreciate you taking some time to talk to me.

Santa_insists_on_BesTape_and_5Ssymbols-300Santa: No problem. I think it’s important that everyone knows how we apply lean principles at the North Pole (jolly chuckle).

Tony: Can you tell me a couple of things that have helped improve your efficiency this year?

Santa: Sure! First of all, I think it is how we reorganized the warehouse Everything is now labeled and visual. We even used BesTapeTM and 5SsymbolsTM to mark the floors. Now every elf knows exactly where to put all the toys for the good little girls and boys.

Elf_tested_Tool_Tracer-300Buddy, one of my top elves, told me how the workshop’s tools are all set-in-order. He and his team used Tool TracerTM Tool Shadows to mark where all the tools belong. He said that this alone has saved them hundreds of hours versus having to search for things.

Tony: That sounds great. Thank you for your time today. Can I ask, was I on the naughty or nice list this year?

Santa: Ho, ho, ho, I’ve got to go… Merry Christmas!