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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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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.

Check out one of our more popular blog post: “Finally! A Tool Shadow Board that Works

Coming up next, Tip #4 Hooks

Tool Tracer

If your Dad likes tinkering in the garage or his workshop then give him a hand this Father’s Day to get his tools organized with Tool TracerTM – Peel and Stick Tool Shadows. These are the perfect addition to a well-ordered tool board. Help Dad save time on his projects and reduce stress searching for his favorite tools.

Tool Tracer 25 pc Set

Tool Tracer 25-piece Set

The 25 piece pack has the most common DIY’ers tool shadows ready to go, including:

  • 12-piece combination wrench set
  • 3-piece plier set
  • 2-piece adjustable wrench set
  • 6-piece screwdriver set
  • 2-piece locking plier set

Choose Dad’s favorite color – 11 colors to choose from. Made from 3 mil polymeric-blend glossy opaque calendered vinyl film; these tool shadows are long lasting with a 4 year interior or exterior durability rating.

With these professional tool shadows, your dad will be the superstar of the neighborhood! Get him a second set for his tools at work.

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Get him something he deserves – Tool Tracer TM Peel & Stick Tool Shadows

Not another tie for Dad this Father's Day

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!

Tool Tracer Tool Shadows 50 pieceFeatures:

  • Standard hand-tool shapes 25 Piece or 50 Piece packs to choose from
  • Exclusive Tool-ID BandTM
  • Made from 3 mil polymeric-blend glossy opaque calendered vinyl film
  • Long lasting, 4 year interior or exterior durability
  • Sunlight fade resistant
  • Clear permanent adhesive
  • Made in the U.S.A.

 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!

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