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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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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!

5S Supply is pleased to announce that it now carries the Cobra VnM8 SignMaker. This highly versatile and cost effective sign making unit is simple to operate. No more waiting for signs; all you have to do is type and print!

What’s nice about this unit is that it is simple and easy to use compared to other large printers. You can start printing right away with custom templates preloaded into the software. For even more customization we recommend the VnM LabelDirect software package. This offers all the features you would expect from a professional labeling package including database integration, copy fitting, variable graphics, serial numbers and industry standard linear and 2D barcode symbologies; plus many other unique features. We highly recommend this software to maximize the capabilities of the VnM8.

This unit is not just for manufacturers; this is a perfect solution for hospitals, labs, stores and more.

Save time (and money!) because you don’t have to wait two weeks or more for an outside sign shop or deal with minimum order quantities. This could save you up to 50-80% compared to online or print shops. You want it, you print it. The Cobra VnM8 has tons of media and label choices that are up to 70% lower costs compared to other printing systems. Overall, if you want to make you workplace visual and lean the VnM8 is extremely cost effective solution.

We carry several media types and ink sizes and colors to choose from including:

  • Vinyl
  • Reflective
  • Fluorescent
  • Glow-in-the-dark
  • and Magnetic
  • Ink rolls 6″ or 8″
  • All in a variety of colors

Features:

  • Custom Signs and Labels 4″ to 9″
  • No PC Needed
  • Simple, Easy to Use
  • Print over 50 symbols

Applications:

  • OSHA Signs
  • ANSI Signs
  • Custom Signs
  • HazMat Signs
  • Custom Labels
  • Vehicle Signs
  • Biohazard Signs
  • Forms and Procedures
  • One-point Lessons
  • Drum Labels
  • Facility Signs
  • 5S Labeling
  • and much, much more!

Click here for more information>> VnM8 SignMaker

The Very Best of 5S Benchmarking ReportIn the upcoming posts I plan to give some concise information related to our newly published eBook “The Very Best of 5S” which is based off of our comprehensive 5S Benchmarking Survey conducted in 2011.

For a complimentary copy please click here>> “The Very Best of 5S” Benchmarking report

Let’s start off with the Executive Summary

This manuscript is an in-depth report on 5S Workplace Organization and Standardization. It sheds light on how organizations have successfully created a 5S system or the obstacles and solutions they used to overcome them. Of those surveyed, the overall rank of the effectiveness of their 5S system is a 3 on a scale of 1-5 (1=low, 5=high). This is a clear indication that there is much room for improvement. There are many suggestions and comments presented here to help coach and guide organizations as they improve their 5S systems. The level of cooperation for 5S initiatives is initially low but increases with time with the most resistance coming from the supervisor level. Contrary to this is that upper management is generally supportive of a 5S system, but the top reasons for obstacles for implementation are “lack of management support” and “not enough time.” Another finding is that the amount of training spent on 5S training is relatively low (typically two hours or less). It seems that organizations have a hard time quantifying benefits from 5S (other than 5S Audits). Companies that did calculate the financial benefits proved that the return on investment far exceeds the cost of training, supplies and manpower. The lack of reward & recognition and the ability to engrain 5S into the organization’s culture is another impediment that must be overcome. Over 50 “best practices” are shared and many suggestions on how to properly create a 5S system or improve your current one are included.

So check out the report, share it with your colleagues and friends, have discussions and give us feedback on what you see. – Tony

Here’s a quick round-up of the most popular posts for 2011 from our blog at 5S Supply:

#5. How to Train Lean Champions to Run Kaizen Events – Part 2

#4. 5S for the Office – Examples

#3. 5S for the Office – Examples II

#2. Finally! A Tool Shadow Board That Works

#1. All about Andon Lights and Andon Signals

Five Predictions for Lean in 2012

“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” – Yogi Berra

  1. More culture, less tools – organizations will continue to look beyond the lean tools to building a lean culture.
  2. Healthcare still doesn’t “get it” – lean in healthcare will continue to lag other segments (see #3)
  3. Is Lean Government possible? – government agencies will continue to see the benefits of applying lean principles and adopt it at a quicker pace
  4. What’s next? – companies will try to look beyond lean to see “what’s next” even though they haven’t realized the potential of lean
  5. Getting Back to Basics – mastery and true understanding of the basic tools of lean like Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA), 5 Whys, 5S, etc.

We can check back in a year and see how I did.

Cheers to a great 2012! – Tony