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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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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

New Gauge Range Packs

July 9, 2014

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5S Supply is pleased to announce the release of its newest products from Gauge RangeTM. Gauge Range now comes in three styles:

  1. Starter Pack
  2. Standard Pack
  3. Super Pack

Refill packs for each style are also available.

Make it easy to see and know when everything is “good-to-go” with Gauge Range Marking System. These translucent self-adhesive sheets in red, yellow and green make it simple to mark gauges so that everyone can see if equipment is in the correct operating range. The gauge marking system comes pre-cut, with the most common sizes 1”, 1-1/2”, 2”, 2-1/2”, 4” plus full sheets to customize to your needs. Just peel and stick to mark your gauges for the correct range.

Why Gauge Range?

  • We did the hard work for you – our gauge marking system comes pre-cut, with the most common sizes: 1”, 1-1/2”, 2”, 2-1/2”, and 4” plus full sheets that you can customize for your own needs
  • Easy to apply in seconds
  • Perfect for monitoring your equipment quickly and easily
  • Train someone quickly as to the correct operating range
  • Comes with enough material to easily mark several gauges
  • Made from 5-year outdoor grade vinyl, Gauge Range will last for years in most environments
  • Custom sizes available

 “We wanted to make it as easy as possible to choose the right Gauge Range for everyone’s needs. By offering a Starter Pack, Standard Pack and Super Pack, we think we achieved this. We are also pleased to now offer refill packs for your added convenience.” – Jennifer Molski, Manager Customer Care, 5S Supply

Gauge Range Packs include:

  • Three colors: red, yellow, green
  • Five year outdoor transparent marking vinyl
  • Enough material to mark dozens of gauges
  • Handy Storage Folder to hold Gauge Range
  • How to Guide “Make Your Workplace Visual with Gauge Marking”

Benefits of Gauge Range

  • Easy to train
  • Sets a standard
  • Correct operation
  • Improves quality
  • Better maintenance
  • Quicker setups
  • Develops a visual workplace
  • Boosts any TPM (Total Productive Maintenance) or MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Operations) system

Stop by http://www.GaugeRange.com for more news on Gauge Range and associated materials. Call 888 4 LEAN 5S (888-453-2657) or email info@GaugeRange.com for additional information.

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

Gauge Range MArking System

Gauge Range Marking System

We invented Gauge RangeTM years ago because we saw companies marking their gauges with tape, markers, paint and other ineffective methods. I applaud their wishes to mark their gauges to make them easier to read and know that they are in the correct operating range, but most of the time this haphazard method provided short-lived, sub-optimum results. Prior to this, there were other companies offering sheets of translucent vinyl that you have to cut yourself to mark the gauge. That’s where we applied the Lean principle of adding value for the customer – we did the tough job for you – we pre-cut the self-adhesive, 5-year outdoor vinyl into the most common sizes of gauge faces to making it simple to do!

Gauge Range is easy to use and apply and makes your visual workplace more effective! With our Gauge Range Marking System, it is straightforward to see when everything is “good-to-go”.

What sets our Gauge Range apart?

  • We did the hard work for you – our gauge marking system comes pre-cut, with three most common sizes 1′, 2′ and 2-1/2′ plus full sheet to customize to your needs
  • Includes rectangular shapes that are also great for liquid level indicators
  • Perfect for monitoring your equipment quickly and easily
  • Train someone in seconds as to the correct operating range
  • Comes with enough material to easily mark more than 20 gauges
  • Made from 5-year outdoor grade vinyl, Gauge Range should last for years in most environments
  • Easy to apply in seconds

Check out our video on how to use Gauge Range>> Gauge Marking

One set includes:

  • 1 sheet Red with (10) 1”, (10) 2”, (10) 2 ½” diameter circles and (8) ½”strips
  • 1 sheet Yellow with (10) 1”, (10) 2”, (10) 2 ½” diameter circles and (8) ½”strips
  • 1 sheet Green with (10) 1”, (10) 2”, (10) 2 ½” diameter circles and (8) ½”strips
  • 1 full sheet Red uncut 11″ x 13″
  • 1 full sheet Yellow uncut 11″ x 13″
  • 1 full sheet Green uncut 11″ x 13″

In stock, ready to ship.

SKU: LB-030 $42.00

Includes a free Kanban card for easy reordering!

5S Supply is pleased to announce that it now carries Stainless Steel Tool Carts from Triton Products.

Stainless Steel Tool Cart

Stainless Steel Tool Cart

These Stainless Steel Mobile Tool Carts are perfect for tool organization in:

  • clean rooms
  • medical applications
  • food grade environments
  • harsh environments
  • specialty locations such as show rooms
  • many other applications

Made with 18 gauge brushed 304 Stainless Steel with an anodized aluminum frame makes it impervious to cleaning solutions and it won’t rust or corrode. It comes equipped with 3 inch neoprene castors — two locking castors, two fixed castors and a handle to make it easy to move around. It is only 21-1/2 inches wide and will fit through doors. The overall unit is 36-3/4 inch L x 39-1/4 inch H x 21-1/4 inch W with a tool storage area of 18 square feet. The 4-1/2 foot bottom shelf and top tray add extra storage. The A-frame design allows items to be placed on both sides of the cart and it can easily accommodate up to 650 lbs.

Combine the Stainless Steel LocBoard with the Stainless Steel LocHooks for a customized tool storage solution. The Stainless Steel LocHooks stay put with the two-and-four-point locking system. Four locking posts with two screws ensure that the hooks will not come out, but are easy to re-arrange if needed. Some assembly required.

The Stainless Steel Tool Cart comes with an optional 63 piece LocHook set (60 assorted LocHooks and 3 LocBins) or you can select your own combination of Stainless Steel LocHooks, bins and shelves.

Check out this video

5S Supply is pleased to announce that it now carries the Cobra VnM8 SignMaker. This highly versatile and cost effective sign making unit is simple to operate. No more waiting for signs; all you have to do is type and print!

What’s nice about this unit is that it is simple and easy to use compared to other large printers. You can start printing right away with custom templates preloaded into the software. For even more customization we recommend the VnM LabelDirect software package. This offers all the features you would expect from a professional labeling package including database integration, copy fitting, variable graphics, serial numbers and industry standard linear and 2D barcode symbologies; plus many other unique features. We highly recommend this software to maximize the capabilities of the VnM8.

This unit is not just for manufacturers; this is a perfect solution for hospitals, labs, stores and more.

Save time (and money!) because you don’t have to wait two weeks or more for an outside sign shop or deal with minimum order quantities. This could save you up to 50-80% compared to online or print shops. You want it, you print it. The Cobra VnM8 has tons of media and label choices that are up to 70% lower costs compared to other printing systems. Overall, if you want to make you workplace visual and lean the VnM8 is extremely cost effective solution.

We carry several media types and ink sizes and colors to choose from including:

  • Vinyl
  • Reflective
  • Fluorescent
  • Glow-in-the-dark
  • and Magnetic
  • Ink rolls 6″ or 8″
  • All in a variety of colors

Features:

  • Custom Signs and Labels 4″ to 9″
  • No PC Needed
  • Simple, Easy to Use
  • Print over 50 symbols

Applications:

  • OSHA Signs
  • ANSI Signs
  • Custom Signs
  • HazMat Signs
  • Custom Labels
  • Vehicle Signs
  • Biohazard Signs
  • Forms and Procedures
  • One-point Lessons
  • Drum Labels
  • Facility Signs
  • 5S Labeling
  • and much, much more!

Click here for more information>> VnM8 SignMaker