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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