Apart from the obvious organizational benefits, labels are used as an effective tool for visual communication. In keeping with the philosophy of 5S, which aims to clean, organize, and streamline workplace spaces and processes, labels become an important tool.
Label Shape: The location for each tool is indicated by a painted outline of the tool's shape.
Label Color: Color coding aids organization by visually clarifying where things ought to go. In the picture to the left, this group of cleaning supplies is categorized according to use and identified with a bright orange color.
Label Text (and images): The text and graphics used on a label communicate very specific information and eliminate confusion. Label text should be clear and concise.
Look at the photo above. Each tool is identified using all three elements of lean labeling. The orange color indicates the type of supplies; the outlined shape of each makes their given storage locations easily known; the text on the label clearly identifies the name of each tool.
Each of these labels was made using the DuraLabel printer and DuraLabel supplies, a handy thermal-transfer desktop printer that can easily and conveniently print labels and signs with your customized text and graphics.
The tool outlines were made using DuraLabel vinyl tape, a method that is faster and cleaner than applying paint. Simply apply the self-adhesive DuraLabel vinyl tape to a flat surface where the tool will be stored. Hold the tool in place on top of the vinyl tape and use an Exacto knife to cut around its shape. Then peel away the unwanted portion of the tape.
If the surface can be damaged after peeling off the vinyl tape, do not remove the paper backing. Lay out of the vinyl tape on a table using masking tape to hold the vinyl tape in place. After it has been traced and cut to the required shape, remove the backing and stick it in place.
Becoming more efficient and productive is easy with the DuraLabel PRO Printer. Durable, high-quality, OSHA safety signs, hazard warning labels, directional signs, identification signs and labels, and equipment maintenance and operating information can all be printed easily and conveniently. Each will help your facility achieve 5S visual communication and organization.
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