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What is Lean Management?

What is Lean Management?

Lean Management – A Guide To Starting Out Right Much like anything over-used and spread before those singing praises have done a lot of research, Lean is a concept that sometimes, despite the best of intentions, misses its mark. Lean principles aren’t particularly tricky, but with many offshoots and brands of the ideology, it can

Three Tips to Maximize the Life of Your Floor Tape

Three Tips to Maximize the Life of Your Floor Tape

Tip #1: Proper Installation of Floor Tape To ensure floor tape lasts for years, proper installation is vital. Create a plan for where the tape will be installed and who will install it. It may be a good idea to have two or more people do the actual installation if you plan to apply long

Sign Maker Machines

Sign Maker Machines

Things to Consider When Thinking About Purchasing a Sign Maker Machine One of the fastest and most effective ways to convey safety information in a facility is by using visual signs. When walking through most workplaces, you’ll see a number of different signs that help people stay safe. Everything from letting people know where a

Industrial Labeling Systems

Industrial Labeling Systems

Safety signs, labels and other types of visual information are essential in every facility. Some of these items are required by OSHA or other regulations, and others are needed for improved efficiency and safety. The bottom line is that all facilities use these types of things, and need them to be easy to see, very

Achieving OSHA Compliance with the help of an Industrial Label Maker

Achieving OSHA Compliance with the help of an Industrial Label Maker

The role of a safety manager at a facility is often difficult because of all the different requirements and responsibilities involved. Several years ago, I was hired into a facility as a safety manager. Prior to being hired on, the facility did not have a dedicated safety manager, so the responsibilities were just performed by

Whats Inside Your Safety Toolbox?

Whats Inside Your Safety Toolbox?

I was recently brought into a manufacturing facility to help analyze their overall safety program, and attempt to improve it. The facility was part of a global company. The global company was encouraging all of the local facilities to focus on improving safety, but hadn’t given them much guidance on how this should be done.

How to Customize a Foam Tool Organizer

How to Customize a Foam Tool Organizer

As business owners, we do a lot of take control of our day to day operations and make them as efficient as possible. We spend thousands on implementing rigorous training programs, color coding our warehouses, re-arranging assembly lines and work stations, hiring outside consultants to help eliminate waste and cut down on production times, but

5S Supplies Improve Safety and Organization in Auto Repair Shops

5S Supplies Improve Safety and Organization in Auto Repair Shops

A few months ago Creative Safety Supply donated a variety of 5S supplies to an auto shop at Portland Community College. CSS also worked with the college to help make their facility safer and more efficient. You can read more about the changes made here. After I seen the success of this project I decided

How Simple Visibility Improvements can Improve Efficiency & Reduce Waste

How Simple Visibility Improvements can Improve Efficiency & Reduce Waste

Over the years, I have learned that one of the biggest mistakes individuals and companies make is always looking for the big changes to reduce waste or improve efficiency. They keep focusing on finding the next big, innovative move that will result in dramatic improvements to the bottom line. While these are great when they

5S Tools and Blueprint Used In My Last 5S Project

5S Tools and Blueprint Used In My Last 5S Project

When re-organizing or changing up your work floor or operations setup, you can have a potentially massive task on your hands. The problem with “potentially massive” projects is that they tend to easily become overwhelming, leading many to one of two undesirable outcomes: A) You take shortcuts and end up with a sort of half-result

The Power of Color Coding: Floor Marking

The Power of Color Coding: Floor Marking

Colors are used everywhere to signify different meanings. We create order, understanding, and cohesion with color coding. For example, all drivers are aware of the color code used for traffic stop lights. Red is stop, green is go, and yellow is slow down. In fact, the color coding on stoplights is so easy to follow

6S System: The Basics

6S System: The Basics

Let’s take a moment and go back to the basics. The ‘5S’ system, as it’s called, stands for Sort, Set In Order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain. The system outlines how to go about organizational projects in a way that is efficient and effective both in the short and long term. In this blog post, we’re

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