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Here is en excerpt and link to a recent column in SME’ Manufacturing Engineering magazine, SME Speaks column “Lean Today and Tomorrow”

“As I transition from my position as chair of SME’s Lean Certification Oversight and Appeals Committee, I have had the chance to reflect on where we have been and where we are going in the lean, operational excellence or continuous improvement world. The title of this SME Speaks is a takeoff on Henry Ford’s 1926 classic book Today and Tomorrow, and will focus on where lean and certification are today and my prediction of where they will be tomorrow…”

To read the entire story, click here>> SME Speaks

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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.

How to Organize Inventory, Control Costs, and Reduce Waste with the TwinBin Kanban System

5S Supply now offers the unique and award winning TwinBin 2-bin Kanban System

As many of you know kanban is a Japanese term that typically is related to a signal of when to produce (make) or withdraw (move) items in a manufacturing setting. Nowadays, Kanban Systems are used in office areas, hospitals and other industries wanting better control of their processes and inventory. 5S Supply has partnered with Hurst Green Plastics, Ltd from the United Kingdom to provide their award winning TwinBin and FlagBin Systems.

How it Works

Employees pull parts from the lower bin as needed. When the bin is empty, a pull of the divider drops the correct quantity of replenishment parts into the bin. This also visually triggers replenishment of parts in the top bin. The top bin is then restocked and the pull system continues to provide the right product in the right quantities! The clear front plastic bins allow operators to easily see exactly what parts are needed and the current quantity. The bins can be color coded and labeled to make the system even more visual and simple to operate.

Benefits of using TwinBin and FlagBin

  • Inventory Control – up to 82% of stock reduction has been recorded
  • Traceability – offers opportunity for 100% traceability even for small components
  • Less Waste – every part issued and accounted for
  • No Environmental Contamination – parts are retained in a closed bin
  • No Stock Cross-Contamination
  • Reduces Line Stoppages
  • Rapid Payback on Investment

Other TwinBin Options include:

  • An upper Locking Bar (in three colors: Red, Blue and Grey) to help prevent people from pulling components from the top bin.
  • Color-coded Bin Labels (in five colors: Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Clear)  to make it simpler to find what is needed
  • Plastic Mounting Bolts (2 per bin required) used with the TwinBin Racking System

TwinBin Kanban System

TwinBin Kanban System

TwinBin Racking Systems

There are two Racking Systems sizes to choose from:

  • .75m (2.46 ft.) wide x 1.9m high (6.23 ft.) – holds 50 TwinBin – Singles (25 per side)
  • 1.5m (4.92 ft.) wide x 1.9m high (6.23 ft.) – holds 100 TwinBin – Singles (50 per side)

Other Racking Options:

  • Racking Headers – angled headers to prevent anyone from stacking things on top and to label specific racks for parts or components
  • Collection Trays – used on the bottom of the rack if parts fall they can be easily contained (2 per set)
  • Castors – make your Racking System mobile to two swivel wheels and two locking wheels

Since these items are shipped form the U.K., 5S Supply uses a Request for Quote form to customize solutions.

For more information visit our website: TwinBin Kanban System or call us at 888 4 LEAN 5S (888-453-2657).