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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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5S Supply now offers ESD Foam Kits

ESD Custom Foam Drawer Liner

ESD Custom Foam Drawer Liner

Electrostatic Discharge (ESD), the sudden release of static electricity – can cause damage to electronics and integrated circuits. For manufacturers of electronic components it becomes necessary to protect these items with anti-static devices like ESD Foam.  Conductive foam is used in many branches of industry as an effective method to control static electricity and risks due to electrostatic discharge

5S Supply carries DIY Custom Foam Drawers Liners that are rated for ESD. The anti-static polyethylene foam is durable, lightweight, flexible, solid extruded and has an ESD Certificate Class A and B. This foam is ideally suited for shock absorbing, vibration dampening, insulating and to cushion components. Impervious to most chemicals, non-abrasive and performs consistently over a wide range of temperatures.

This DIY kit contains:

  • (1) Anti-static foam, pink 26-1/4″ x 39″ x 1/4″
  • (1) Conductive foam, black, 26-1/4″ x 39″ x 1/4″, with adhesive tracing paper
  • Instructions

These do-it-yourself kits allow anyone to organize their tools or work space and protect them from static buildup.  The two color foam (pink is anti-static along with contrasting black) makes it easy to see if anything is missing.

5S Supply is pleased to announce that it now carries Stainless Steel Tool Carts from Triton Products.

Stainless Steel Tool Cart

Stainless Steel Tool Cart

These Stainless Steel Mobile Tool Carts are perfect for tool organization in:

  • clean rooms
  • medical applications
  • food grade environments
  • harsh environments
  • specialty locations such as show rooms
  • many other applications

Made with 18 gauge brushed 304 Stainless Steel with an anodized aluminum frame makes it impervious to cleaning solutions and it won’t rust or corrode. It comes equipped with 3 inch neoprene castors — two locking castors, two fixed castors and a handle to make it easy to move around. It is only 21-1/2 inches wide and will fit through doors. The overall unit is 36-3/4 inch L x 39-1/4 inch H x 21-1/4 inch W with a tool storage area of 18 square feet. The 4-1/2 foot bottom shelf and top tray add extra storage. The A-frame design allows items to be placed on both sides of the cart and it can easily accommodate up to 650 lbs.

Combine the Stainless Steel LocBoard with the Stainless Steel LocHooks for a customized tool storage solution. The Stainless Steel LocHooks stay put with the two-and-four-point locking system. Four locking posts with two screws ensure that the hooks will not come out, but are easy to re-arrange if needed. Some assembly required.

The Stainless Steel Tool Cart comes with an optional 63 piece LocHook set (60 assorted LocHooks and 3 LocBins) or you can select your own combination of Stainless Steel LocHooks, bins and shelves.

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At 5S Supply we pride ourselves on creating or finding unique and innovative products to help Lean practitioners and we lowered the price on one of our most popular items – floor tape!

ThedaCare DVD
Lean Thinking at ThedaCare: Strategy Deployment

This DVD takes viewers deep inside ThedaCare and Appleton Medical Center to see how the strategy deployment (a.k.a. Hoshin Kanri) management system creates alignment throughout the organization. You will see how “true north” goals are cascaded through the organization in a collaborative way and how front-line improvement efforts and results are selected and communicated across all levels of leadership. This DVD includes special value-added features with access to downloads, Q&A and streaming videos.

$199
44 minutes

Video Clip Samples:
Full first intro chapter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAMX9xfn4vM
Short clips from each of the chapters:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSRWbQSJ2A4

Magwear Magnetic Wristband
Ultimate Point-of-Use-Storage

Magwear Magnetic Wristbands are perfect for any work environment including the shop floor, assembly lines, construction sites, auto-body shops and even the office. The uses for this product are endless – hold your bolts, hooks, bits, pins, washers, paperclips, staples, tacks, nails, eyehooks, ball bearings, binder clips, needles, beads, screws, blades and even small tools. Made of a super strong magnet to securely hold your hardware and keep it within easy reach.

Tru-Tray
Another Great Option for Custom Tool Organization!

Using the Tru-Tray System you can organize tools and equipment in a way that is most efficient and effective for you. For work in the field or in the shop, tool organization, protection and accountability has never been easier. You can customize your tool holding by making impressions of your tools into the foam and then applying the Molding Solution. Four sizes to choose from.

New Floor Tape Sizes and New Lower Prices!
More sizes, lower prices

We added more sizes to one of our Best Sellers – Vinyl Floor Tape and reduced the price too! Our vinyl floor tape now comes in sizes from ¼” to 4”. We reduced the price on all rolls and switched to single roll packs (instead of our previous 2-paks). Promote organization (5S “Set-in-Order”), visual workplace, traffic control and safety by identifying areas with this vinyl floor marking tape.

Benchmarking Survey
Share, Learn, Grow

5S Supply is hosting the largest, most comprehensive 5S Benchmarking Survey ever! Evaluate the effectiveness of 5S at your organization compared to others, learn best practices and determine improvement strategies for your future Lean success.

The survey has 40 questions and will take about 20-30 minutes to complete. For your efforts can opt-in to get a free customized report of the findings and we also have a special “Thanks” if you complete the survey.

New Look Homepage

You may have noticed that we have made some changes to our homepage www.5Ssupply.com.  We continually strive to make it easier to find the items you are looking for. We added categories for “New Items!” and “On Sale“. We hope this makes your shopping experience easier and more Lean! Check back often for the newest updates.

Thanks – Tony