This is the third tip in a series of five to help select the correct tool board.

#3 Tool Board Size

Mobile_Tool_WorksHaving the right size board at point-of-use is critical to making a tool board that employees will actually use. In Tip #1 Tool Board Type, I mentioned the types of boards (wood, plastic or steel) along with typical sizes. Wood and plastic boards are the easiest to cut to the size you need. Steel boards are usually not cut to size because of their construction. The easiest piece of advice is to not go too small or go too big. You might be tempted to go small because of cost. Consider the cost of having to get another board if you are wrong. On the other hand, many people think “I’ll get the biggest one they make” which too could be a mistake. Getting a board that is way larger than your needs and growing into it can cause undue confusion, clutter and additional waste. Stick the size you need, where you need it. Consider going mobile to make it easier to have it at point-of-use or to clean (“shine” – the third “S” in 5S) around it.

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Coming up next, Tip #4 Hooks

Recently I had an epiphany while working on a kaizen event in an area to help introduce 5S. For this group we needed to mention that 5S is not just about cleaning; we wanted to emphasize that 5S is about unleashing teamwork and discipline. Of course, when I say “discipline” I’m not referring to the mean or evil type of discipline like punishment. People may take the wrong connotation with the word ‘discipline’. So let’s ‘shine’ it up (pun intended). I am talking about the discipline we have to put something back in its correct location after we use it. If we can’t instill the discipline of following simple standards for 5S, then how can we master more complex systems like kanban or total productive maintenance?

Then it dawned on me, maybe I should look up other words for discipline. So here’s a list I compiled that may be helpful when trying to describe the traits we are trying to instill with 5S.

  • agreement
  • arrange
  • control
  • correct
  • determination
  • influence
  • manage
  • mastery
  • order
  • organize
  • plan
  • prepare
  • regulate
  • self-control
  • strength of mind
  • under control
  • will

Since the concepts of 5S are easy, but getting people to follow the system may be hard try using some of these synonyms for discipline to effectively communicate what we are trying to accomplish with 5S.

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