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This is the final installment of five tips to help select the correct tool board.

#5 Labeling and Color-coding

This is how your tool board becomes a waste killing machine. This is probably my favorite part of making an effective and efficient tool board that associates will actually use and put tools back. As part of 5S workplace organization, the second “S” is “set-in-Order. The saying for this is “A place for everything and everything in its place!” This ensures that you have the right tool when you want it, where you want it. There is no time wasted looking for the right tool.

15-minutes_Time_Wasted_Searching_for_ToolsAccording to a recent poll, 57% of respondents stated that 15 minutes or more were lost looking for tools. Now, that’s pure waste.

Organize your tools, but take it one step further – label and color-code them. These are low cost solutions versus the waste of searching or replacing lost tools. As part of the fourth “S” in 5S, “standardize” your system. By using tool shadows and labels everyone will know where the proper tool is and more importantly where it goes. When the tool is returned to the board any one will know the correct spot to put it back. Another tip is to use Tool Tracer™ Tool Shadows with the exclusive Tool ID Band™ (patent pending). This way if you have multiple tool boards, you can color-code the board according to work area or process. So if a “blue” tool is in a “red” area it is easily seen and corrected.

Tool_Tracer_Shipping_StationDon’t forget to label your board. Make the labels a nice contrasting color like black & white, black & yellow, blue & white and so on. Also, make sure the labels and printing are large enough to see from a distance. The header for the tool board should be about 1-1//2” – 2-1/2” high. The labels for the actual tools should be a minimum of 12pt font, 18pt is better. Find what works for your area.

A well labeled board with the proper tool shadows will make your workplace more product, organized and reduce stress!

Don’t forget to check out 5S Supply for tool boards and Tool Tracer™ Tool Shadows.

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Give a gift that Dad will actually use this Father’s Day – Tool Tracer TM Tool Shadows. Dad doesn’t want another tie; he wants something for his garage or workshop. If your Dad is the kind of guy that likes to work with his hands then Tool Tracer TM – Tool Shadows are a perfect present.

These assorted vinyl tool shadows are ideal for Tool Shadow Boards or anywhere you want to mark a tool location. 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. These shadows make it easy to identify when a tool is not in its proper place so dad knows what’s missing. You can also get these in Dad’s favorite color – 11 colors to choose from!

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  • Standard hand-tool shapes 25 Piece or 50 Piece packs to choose from
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 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 more projects and work done quicker with less effort
  • Visually pleasing and professional looking
  • Less stress knowing where your tools are
  • Sets a standard that anyone can follow

 These are great for work too!

Thank you to everyone that participated in our poll regarding time wasted searching for tools. Here are the results.

Greater than 50% of the respondents said that more than 15 minutes is wasted per day (per employee) searching for tools.
Time Wasted Searching for Tools Infographic
That time adds up quickly. Let’s say you have five technicians losing 15 minutes per day searching for items they need to do their work, which equals 75 minutes per day, or 735 hours per year. If you take the 735 hours at $20 per hour, that is equivalent to losing $7,500 of productive time(1).

A simple way to reduce this waste of time, effort and dollars is to get the tools organized. Something as easy as using Tool Tracer Peel and Stick Tool Shadows can reduce the time lost searching for items. Check out Tool Tracer at 5S Supply.com.

Note (1): Based on 5 days per week and 52 weeks per year. Feel free to use your own number to complete your calculation.

Please help us with another quick, one question poll “Does Floor Marking Improve Productivity and Safety?” We will share the results. And please share the poll with your co-workers and colleagues!

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!