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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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Our promotion last month “BesTape Buy the Case” was such a hit that we decided to extend and expand the promotion!

Get ready for the sequel – “BesTape Buy the Case – Part II: The Mix Up”

5S Supply has a limited time offer of $70 off the regular price when you purchase BesTape, “the best darn floor tape – ever” by the case. Buy 5 rolls and get one free! Now you can mix and match any combination colors you want: red, yellow, green, blue, and white.

If you want 3 rolls of yellow, 1 red, 1 blue and 1 white – no problem
If you want 5 rolls of yellow and 1 red – no problem
If you want 2 rolls of yellow, 1 red, 1 green, 1 blue and 1 white – no problem
You get the picture!

Plus a Special “Sequel” Bonus – if you buy 2 cases we will throw in a set of 5Ssymbols for free!

The 2” wide rolls come six to a case and are 100’ long; this gives you 600′ to visually mark your workplace including: warehouse areas, production areas, standard stock and work-in-process locations, safety concerns and many more.

BesTape is already priced lower all the other similar premium tapes. Here is your chance to really give it a try anywhere in your facility!

Check it out at>> BesTape by-the-case II

QuikBoards are perfect for Product and 5S Scheduling

QuikBoards are perfect for creating a customized solution for production scheduling or 5S activities. The Scheduling and 5S boards have optional pre-printed magnet sets. All the boards are magnetic and dry-erase for maximum usability.

“While working on countless production smoothing or 5S kaizens, I always had to develop a whiteboard from scratch to roll out the new production schedule or 5S assignments. It usually took several hours away from the improvement activity cutting tape strips and sticking labels on magnets. QuikBoards allow kaizen team members to focus their time working on process improvements and very quickly assemble a customized schedule/assignment board that matches their process requirements.” – Scott Morrison, Inventor, QuikBoards

Production Scheduling Boards – Versatile board can be used to evenly schedule 8-hour, 12-hour, 16-hour, and 24-hour time blocks over one, two, or three weeks. The 36″ x 48″ schedule board has room for posting 8-1/2″ x 11″ charts.

The Scheduling Boards come in three different sizes:

  • 24″ H x 18″ W
  • 36″ H x 24″ W
  • 48″ H x 36″ W

Schedule Board Magnet Sets – Magnets for posting 24-hour Standard and Military times, seven day weeks, changeover time blocks, and a variety of subjects (set-ups, raw materials, finished goods, etc.).

5S Activity Board – Board can be used to evenly schedule 5S assignments over shifts, days, and weeks. This is the way to help Sustain a 5S system!

5S Board: 24″ H x 18″ W

5S Board Magnet Sets – Magnets for posting shifts, days, weeks, and a variety of tasks (sort, set in order, shine, standardize, sustain, inspect, mop, etc.).

Stop by 5S Supply to see these and other great products for your Lean implementation.