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!


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

At 5S Supply we added three new ways to satisfy your labeling and visual needs! We strive to be the best source of items for your lean implementation. When it comes to labeling and a visual workplace we wanted to cover all the bases. We have three labeling, sign making devices that give you what you want from 3/8” to “how big do you need to make it?”

Brady BMP21– If you need labels from 3/8” to 3/4” then this is your answer

Brady BMP21 Label Maker

Simple to operate and quick to print, the BMP™21 label printer is the economical, must-have labeling tool for Lean. With this hand-held thermal transfer printer, you can create your labels just once – knowing they’ll stay stuck and stay legible for years ahead.

Perfect for creating a visual workplace – Lean & 5S Labeling, Healthcare Identification, Facility, Safety & Maintenance Identification, General & Industrial Labeling, Barcode Labeling, Circuit Board Labeling, Data Communications Labeling, Panel Identification, Wire & Cable Marking and more.

BMP21 price: $145.95

Printer Accessories:

  • AC Adapter for BMP21 Printer
  • Hard Carrying Case for BMP21 Printer
  • Magnet Only Accessory
  • Multi-Functional Tool

Label types (3/8”, 1/2”, and 3/4”):

  • Indoor/Outdoor Vinyl Film
  • Self-Laminating Vinyl
  • Permasleeve Wire Marker Sleeves
  • Nylon Cloth Labels
  • Polyester Labels

Cobra VnM2– This thermal printer can create labels from 1” to 4”

Cobra VnM2 Label Maker

The VnM Label and Sign Maker is your ideal solution for all your labeling needs. The VnM2 can print any label you want from 6 standard templates. The VnM SignMaker is the most mobile industrial labeling solution available. The VnM2 works with the VnM keyboard so no PC connection is needed. Save time and money by printing custom labels on demand at a fraction the cost.

VnM2 price: $1,295.00


  • Battery pack
  • Travel Case
  • Cleaning kit
  • External roll holder
  • Ink rolls
  • Several media types, sizes and colors to choose from: vinyl, reflective, fluorescent, glow-in-the-dark, and magnetic

Mobile In-house Sign Shop– Make any sign you want, any size and any color

Mobile In-house Sign Shop

This is your answer for creating a Visual Workplace!  This Mobile In-house Sign Shop (MIHSS) has everything you need to make professional looking signs, labels and more at point-of-use to reduce waste in your workplace and create visual standards for everything!

MIHSS price: $3,595.00

The MIHSS system consists of:

  • Heavy-duty 5S Crash Cart
  • Laptop computer pre-loaded with Gemini CP sign making software
  • Hundreds of editable sign templates and thousands of clipart
  • Vinyl cutting plotter
  • Sign making tools
  • Supplies to make 64 signs
  • Also included is free, unlimited technical support and training to get you up and running immediately

Make your workplace a visual workplace with these systems!