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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).

 

QuikBoards are perfect for Product and 5S Scheduling

QuikBoards are perfect for creating a customized solution for production scheduling or 5S activities. The Scheduling and 5S boards have optional pre-printed magnet sets. All the boards are magnetic and dry-erase for maximum usability.

“While working on countless production smoothing or 5S kaizens, I always had to develop a whiteboard from scratch to roll out the new production schedule or 5S assignments. It usually took several hours away from the improvement activity cutting tape strips and sticking labels on magnets. QuikBoards allow kaizen team members to focus their time working on process improvements and very quickly assemble a customized schedule/assignment board that matches their process requirements.” – Scott Morrison, Inventor, QuikBoards

Production Scheduling Boards – Versatile board can be used to evenly schedule 8-hour, 12-hour, 16-hour, and 24-hour time blocks over one, two, or three weeks. The 36″ x 48″ schedule board has room for posting 8-1/2″ x 11″ charts.

The Scheduling Boards come in three different sizes:

  • 24″ H x 18″ W
  • 36″ H x 24″ W
  • 48″ H x 36″ W

Schedule Board Magnet Sets – Magnets for posting 24-hour Standard and Military times, seven day weeks, changeover time blocks, and a variety of subjects (set-ups, raw materials, finished goods, etc.).

5S Activity Board – Board can be used to evenly schedule 5S assignments over shifts, days, and weeks. This is the way to help Sustain a 5S system!

5S Board: 24″ H x 18″ W

5S Board Magnet Sets – Magnets for posting shifts, days, weeks, and a variety of tasks (sort, set in order, shine, standardize, sustain, inspect, mop, etc.).

Stop by 5S Supply to see these and other great products for your Lean implementation.

 

I wanted to share some thoughts from the recent 25th Annual International Shingo Conference in Provo, Utah.

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Lead_ButtonI was lucky enough to attend Bob Miller’s eye-opening LEAD workshop. This session is perfect for leaders who want to understand what’s missing in their long-term success – a balance of results and behaviors. It also made me realize the difference between values and behaviors. Many organizations have written down their values (you may see them on posters on the walls in the office or boardroom), but how people interpret values is different. I remember in one of Bob’s previous presentations where he shows a cartoon with a cop and robbers. The robbers have tattoos on their arms that say “teamwork, integrity, focus”; they are showing their values. The funny part is the policeman has a notepad while interviewing the little old lady that was robbed and on the back of his notepad it says “teamwork, integrity, focus.” The police and the robbers both have the same values; it is their behaviors that are different. We need to align a company’s ideal behaviors along with ideal results. To help illustrate the point that the lean tools would only get us so far he showed a partially finished bridge. In the Lean world we were so focused on teaching the tools that we didn’t complete the bridge. We need to add systems and principles to the tools. The session also emphasizes that a leader’s job is to spend 80% of his or her time on the “why” of the behaviors in three ways: leader to leader, leader to manager and leader to associate. Explaining, communicating, teaching, coaching, and modeling the ideal behaviors to help elicit the ideal results.

For more information click here>> Shingo LEAD

Here’s a quick list of things related to 5S and Lean that you can easily do to celebrate Earth Day and make your workplace (and our planet) better.

  1. RTS-103_02_ThumbnailGo to your 5S Red Tag Holding Area and see if there is something there that can be recycled. Maybe there is something that you could re-purpose or use in your work area. This will save your organization money from having to buy a new item and you extended the life of an item you already have.
  2. Organize some consumable items in your work area. Determine the best location for them. Consider using Point-of-Use-Storage (or a Kanban System – like Kanban Indicator Bins); this will help reduce motionKBN-001_In_Rack_View and transportation waste. Determine how many you actually need and who replenishes  hem. This alone may help you reduce the unnecessary inventory you carry and reduce the waste of inventory or storage.
  3. Put a “Shine” on your workplace. Clean and inspect your work area – this not only will make your spot seem nicer and more pleasant to be in, it can also help improve the air quality, reduce allergens and germs.
  4. Create Standards for a task in your work area. Work with your team to determine the best way to get a task done and then standardize it. This will help you be more efficient and effective plus everyone will do it the same way so it makes it more consistent and easier to train new people.
  5. RTS-106_02_ThumbnailKeep 5S going by sustaining your efforts. Consider using our exclusive 5S Sustain Campaign Board. You can assign 5S related tasks to team members each week to keep 5S forefront in their minds while help to continuously improve your work space.

Remember to Reduce-Reuse-Recycle! 5S and Lean are a great way to help.

Business Flow Training Kit5S Supply has great training kits to map out your office, manufacturing or supply chain business processes or value streams. These kits from our friends at the Institute for Operational Excellence are 60% off regular price as part of a final clearance event. This is for a limited time only.

As an organization begins its journey toward operational excellence, it needs to build consensus and alignment quickly by understanding its Value Streams. The kits have 36 unique icons pre-printed on color-coded, moveable sticky notes housed in a handy carrying case. By following the process; seeing the flow (or lack of flow) and building a future state. Save time and money, while minimizing rework by clearly depicting multiple future state scenarios.

“Seeing the Flow” Kit is designed for facilitators on the go. The kits include:

  • Up to 37 unique icons – (35) Supply Chain,(36) Manufacturing, (37) Business Process
  • Markers (Black, Blue, Green, Red)
  • Calculator
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Pencils (3)
  • eVSM free ninety day trial mini-CD
  • Electronic Icon Library mini-CD
  • User’s Guide (with instructions)
  • Carrying case

There are six styles to choose from:

  1. Business Process Flow Kit, was $349, now $140
  2. Business Process Flow Kit – Travel Edition, was $299, now $120
  3. Manufacturing Flow Kit, was $349, now $140
  4. Manufacturing Flow Kit – Travel Edition, was $299, now $120
  5. Supply Chain Flow Kit, was $349, now $140
  6. Supply Chain Flow Kit – Travel Edition, was $299, now $120

For more information, click here>>Business Mapping Kits