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Here is en excerpt and link to a recent column in SME’ Manufacturing Engineering magazine, SME Speaks column “Lean Today and Tomorrow”

“As I transition from my position as chair of SME’s Lean Certification Oversight and Appeals Committee, I have had the chance to reflect on where we have been and where we are going in the lean, operational excellence or continuous improvement world. The title of this SME Speaks is a takeoff on Henry Ford’s 1926 classic book Today and Tomorrow, and will focus on where lean and certification are today and my prediction of where they will be tomorrow…”

To read the entire story, click here>> SME Speaks

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Tool Tracer A Place for Everything

Tool Tracer TM Tool Shadows are a low cost solution to stay organized! Don’t waste time searching for tools.

5S Supply has updated and created new Tool TracerTM Tool Shadows. These shadows make it easy to identify when a tool is not in its proper place and will help you “Sustain” your 5S efforts with “tool recoil”. We now have many styles and colors to choose from.

DIY Kits

Tool Tracer Tool-ID Band

Includes our exclusive Tool Tracer Tool-ID Band

The DIY Kits come in a standard 25 piece set or a full 50 piece set. There are 11 colors to choose from: Red, Pink, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Brown, Black, Grey, and White; the most colors offered in the industry. Mark your tools with the exclusive Tool-ID BandTM to match the tool shadow and location to stay organized and instantly know if something is missing or out of place.

Other Tool TracerTM Tool Shadows

  • Tool TracerTM Tool Shadow Rolls to customize your own solution
  • Shipping & Packing Station 5-piece Set
  • Broom & Dustpan Set

Application

The Tool TracerTM Tool Shadows adhere to all types of pegboards including: wood, plastic or metal – as well as: glass, concrete, desktops or workbenches, and dry erase boards. Just peel & stick. Our Tool TracerTM Tool Shadows come with a One-point Lesson on how to apply.

Tool TracerTM Tool Shadows are Patent Pending.

Features

  • Standard tool shapes or rolls to create customized shapes
  • Exclusive Tool-ID BandTM
  • 3 mil polymeric-blend glossy opaque calendered vinyl film
  • Long lasting, 4 year interior or exterior durability
  • Sunlight fade resistant
  • Clear permanent adhesive
  • Patent Pending

Benefits

  • Mark your tools and location to stay organized and instantly know if something is missing or out of place
  • Don’t waste time searching for things, get projects and work done quicker with less effort
  • Visually pleasing and professional looking
  • Less stress when you know where your tools are
  • Sets a standard that anyone can follow
  • Perfect for 5S Set-in-order and a visual workplace

For more information, click here>> Tool Tracer Tool Shadows

We hosted an impromptu poll on our website where we asked “What Lean initiative tops your priority list in 2014?” We gave them the following choices just to simplify the responses:

  • 5S
  • Cellular/Flow
  • Pull Systems/Kanban
  • Kaizen/Continuous Improvement
  • Total Productive Maintenance

The results surprised me a little. I was shocked to see 5S being the largest percentage of responses; but then I thought that this probably made sense for two reasons: 1) many companies start their lean journey with 5S, and 2) it was probably biased since the website is 5S Supply (although we carry everything lean). The next thing that caught my eye was that Cellular/Flow had no responses – zero. Flow is one of the things that we are trying to create with lean so I was amazed to see that no one responded that they would have a focus on it this year. It was nice to see that 21 percent of the respondents selected Kaizen/Continuous Improvement as a major priority. I think organizations get too caught up in only using Kaizen Events (a.k.a. Rapid Improvement Events, Kaizen Blitz, etc.) and forget about the daily kaizen – as our friends Bruce Hamilton and Pat Wardwell from GBMP said it in their book (e2 Continuous Improvement System) “Everybody, Everyday”. To finish out the poll, only some responded that they would focus on creating Pull Systems/Kanban and even fewer mentioned Total Productive Maintenance (TPM).

I know this was just a quick polling questions and I wouldn’t read too much into the results, but what do you think?

2014 Lean Priority Poll Results