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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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BesTape Border Kit in action.

The BesTape Border Kit is a convenient way to visually layout an area so it is easy to see the purpose of the zone. Use these as part of your Safety, 5S or Visual Lean System. The kits are made with our extremely durable BesTape with (2) 3’ sections and (1) 2’ section. The notched corners make it easy to align and install.

BesTape Border Kit Uses

To help comply with OSHA Regulation 1910.303 for electrical panels, use these border kits to visually mark off the area so that personnel will refrain from placing objects in front of the panel.

Red for Safety

  • Fire Equipment and Fire Extinguishers
  • Hoses
  • Electrical Panels – Keep Clear
  • First Aid Kits

Green for First Aid or Safety Equipment

  • Eye Wash Stations
  • Emergency Safety Showers
  • First Aid Kits

Yellow for attention

  • Trash Cans
  • Pillars and posts
  • Parts of equipment that extend or stick out
  • Cleaning supplies or Shine supplies

Special Promotion

Buy a roll of BesTape (any size, any color) and get a BesTape Border Kit for Free! This is a great way to try out both of these floor marking items. Save $24.00! Click here for more information>> BesTapeBorderKitPromo


 

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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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

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.

Why Hourly Production Display Boards are Important

5S Supply 60-Minute Board ExampleUsing Hourly Boards (a.k.a. 60-Minute Boards or Production Boards) are a great way to keep your team informed on whether production is on-target, ahead or behind. Waiting until the end of the shift to find out if you met the planned production for the day is a little too late to do anything about it. Real-time information would be best, but sometimes that is costly to setup or takes a lot of effort to perform.  Takt-time awareness is great for an operator so she knows if she is on pace. A different level of responsiveness is needed for management, if you were a supervisor you probably wouldn’t want to hear every minute that “We’re on-time.” A pitch increment or pack-out quantity may be better, but that too may not fit every situation especially outside of manufacturing. The type of display board we suggest is perfect for manufacturing production areas, office and support functions, and even healthcare. Use them anywhere you want to see if you are on target or not.

If end-of-shift or real-time aren’t the appropriate solution to communicate production levels, what is? The answer is Hourly Boards. Using a mechanism where on a consistent basis the actual units produced is compared to the planned amount is recorded; any countermeasures for errors can be incorporated closer to real-time. Having your team involved with creating the board is the first step. Ask them what they would like to see on the board. By including your team members not only do you get better ideas by having more input, you build buy-in with your team members because they were part of the solution. You can also discuss the reason or need for the boards – which it will help with understanding abnormal situations. Tell them the “why” before you work on the “How”.

Using the Hourly Board for its Intended Use – Communication

Start the day with a short start-up meeting. Mention any open issues from the day before, any changes to the upcoming schedule, changeovers, maintenance items, 5S, and any: quality, cost, delivery, and safety items. During the shift, communicate any issues that come up – especially any reasons that the target conditions weren’t met. Assign the appropriate person (hopefully someone closest to the process) to help investigate the root cause and coach them to propose a countermeasure. Have a quick end-of-shift meeting at the board to review the day’s work. Talk about what went well, what didn’t, opportunities for improvement, upcoming schedules, and so on.

Advantages of Hourly Display Boards

One of the advantages of using a manual display board (versus electronic – hey, don’t worry I like those too) is that a person has to take responsibility to write the actual hourly production number on the board. This is a tactile process – the person has to grab a dry-erase marker, uncap it and write the actual hourly production number on the board, now they own that number. To visually enhance this experience a green marker should be used when the production number is met or exceeded (along with a congratulatory note would be nice). A red marker should be used whenever the target or planned number is not achieved along with an explanation why and a proposed countermeasure. The target units and can be written in black and notes for the team can be in blue. These visual indicators will make it simple and easy for the people on the team to get a grasp of the situation quickly and without any guessing.

Stay tuned for Part 2 – Setting Up an Hourly Display Board

Check out 5S Supply’s exclusive Hourly Board Kit video below

Hourly Production Board from 5S Supply on Vimeo.

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

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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).