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Thank you to everyone that participated in our poll regarding time wasted searching for tools. Here are the results.

Greater than 50% of the respondents said that more than 15 minutes is wasted per day (per employee) searching for tools.
Time Wasted Searching for Tools Infographic
That time adds up quickly. Let’s say you have five technicians losing 15 minutes per day searching for items they need to do their work, which equals 75 minutes per day, or 735 hours per year. If you take the 735 hours at $20 per hour, that is equivalent to losing $7,500 of productive time(1).

A simple way to reduce this waste of time, effort and dollars is to get the tools organized. Something as easy as using Tool Tracer Peel and Stick Tool Shadows can reduce the time lost searching for items. Check out Tool Tracer at 5S Supply.com.

Note (1): Based on 5 days per week and 52 weeks per year. Feel free to use your own number to complete your calculation.

Please help us with another quick, one question poll “Does Floor Marking Improve Productivity and Safety?” We will share the results. And please share the poll with your co-workers and colleagues!

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Here’s an excerpt from my recent interview with Santa Claus:

Tony: Santa, I know you are very busy this time of year and I appreciate you taking some time to talk to me.

Santa_insists_on_BesTape_and_5Ssymbols-300Santa: No problem. I think it’s important that everyone knows how we apply lean principles at the North Pole (jolly chuckle).

Tony: Can you tell me a couple of things that have helped improve your efficiency this year?

Santa: Sure! First of all, I think it is how we reorganized the warehouse Everything is now labeled and visual. We even used BesTapeTM and 5SsymbolsTM to mark the floors. Now every elf knows exactly where to put all the toys for the good little girls and boys.

Elf_tested_Tool_Tracer-300Buddy, one of my top elves, told me how the workshop’s tools are all set-in-order. He and his team used Tool TracerTM Tool Shadows to mark where all the tools belong. He said that this alone has saved them hundreds of hours versus having to search for things.

Tony: That sounds great. Thank you for your time today. Can I ask, was I on the naughty or nice list this year?

Santa: Ho, ho, ho, I’ve got to go… Merry Christmas!

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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

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

This is the time of year where we ask our marketing department for $4,000,000 to produce a Super Bowl ad. And this is the time of year that the marketing department says “no” plus a few other comments I can’t mention in here.

So we have our fun, campy, cheesy, bad acting, commercial ready to go – we just don’t have the dough to show it on T.V. Thank God there is social media to help us out. Check out 5S Supply’s 5S-hour Energy Commercial below or on our YouTube or our Vimeo Channel. Tell your friends, have a laugh and “Sustain” your gains with 5S Supply!

Thanks to Jennifer, Marcia, Izzie and Tom for making this dream a reality!

How much time is lost when your CNC Operator has to search for tooling? This is a classic example of waiting waste, motion (walking) and transportation (moving items) waste.

Q. What’s one of the main causes of this waste?

A. Not having what you need, where you need it.

Many CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) machines have carousels to hold needed tooling, but unfortunately it never seems to hold all the tools you need. Countless manufacturing companies and job shops keep the CNC tooling in a Tool Room. Regrettably, these are not typically located next to the CNC’s.

Here’s a simple solution – have CNC Tool Carts next to your machine. By placing needed CNC Tooling next to the machines you can reduce waste by keeping them at “point-of-use”. This is part of “Set-in-Order” from the 5S’s. Organize tooling by how often it is used, label it and color-code it to make it easier to identify quickly.

If you can reduce or eliminate the wasted searching time, there can be phenomenal savings.

Estimated Payback Examples:Searching Waste Infographic

Search Time For Tools

(per Shift)

Number of Shifts

Estimated Hourly Rate

(Man, Machine, Production)

Savings per Year

(5 days per week, 52 weeks per year)

15 minutes

1

$100

$6,500

15 minutes

2

$100

$13,000

15 minutes

3

$100

$19,500

25 minutes

1

$150

$16,250

30 minutes

2

$175

$45,500

15 minutes

3

$50

$19,500

5S Supply has partnered with Stor-Loc to provide five different styles of CNC Tool racks including:

  • TO-SL-CSC_Detail-1Stor Caddy – great for Changeovers! Customize with 1-3 drawers to hold inspection tools, etc.
  • Tool Cart – includes two pull out decks for tooling
  • Tool Rack – when you need more storage at point-of-use, eight shelves
  • Tool Caddy – mobile solution to hold your tools,
  • Mini Tool Caddy – when space is at a premium, four shelves

 Get your workplace organized, save time and money with Stor-Loc and 5S Supply!