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(Visual Workplace: Byron Center, MI) -- Visual Workplace Inc. has introduced color-coded cleaning tools to help create order and discipline in facilities. Color coding work spaces is a simple way to eliminate searching by making it faster and easier to find and return cleaning tools to their proper places, which also reduces the need to replace missing tools.

Color-coded cleaning tools help to reduce cross-contamination between work spaces and establish standard work. All of these benefits support companies as they try to achieve 5S/lean objectives.

Just-in-time expert Hiroyuki Hirano introduced the 5S System: sort, set in order, shine, standardize, and sustain, in his book, 5 Pillars of the Visual Workplace (Productivity Press, 1995). Today the word “straighten” is often used for “set in order,” and the word “sweep” is used for “shine,” making 5S: sort, straighten, sweep, standardize and sustain.

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(Visual Workplace: Byron Center, MI) -- Visual Workplace Inc. has introduced “Floor-Mark High Performance” floor marking tape. Marking floors is an easy and efficient way to direct behavior, promote safety, and reinforce workplace standards, but industrial work environments create challenges for traditional tape and paint. Floor-Mark High Performance was designed to outperform paint and withstand heavy forklift traffic, truck traffic, hand trucks, pallet placement, and material handling.

Floor-Mark High Performance is extraordinarily durable. Its unique “high bond” acrylic pressure sensitive adhesive provides armor-like protection, yet it is flexible enough to conform to uneven surfaces. Unlike thicker high-traffic tape products that create tripping hazards, vehicles have no problem passing over this product’s ultra-low profile (14 mil). Floor-Mark High Performance is also easy to apply: Just peel and stick.

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(Visual Workplace: Byron Center, MI) -- Visual Workplace Inc. offers an extensive line of both standard and customizable personal protection equipment (PPE) signage to communicate safety requirements to visitors and new employees, and to reinforce safety standards to existing personnel.

Common PPE messages include:

• Identifying designated areas that require PPE such as safety glasses, hearing protection, or hard hats
• Statement of 5S and lean safety goals
• Visual example of personnel properly outfitted in required safety attire
• Descriptions of safety equipment, such as the specific type of glove or mask required for various tasks
• Instructions for certain jobs or plant areas, e.g., informing drivers to stay with their loader while rear seals are being fastened
• Identifying safety stations with first-aid supplies, policies, and emergency procedures

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(Visual Workplace: Byron Center, MI) -- Visual Workplace offers a complete line of customizable key performance indicator (KPI) Boards to support 5S and lean activities. KPI Boards are excellent tools to help track and reach objectives. KPI Boards display metrics at the point of use, keeping team members informed and aligned around key goals.

Key performance indicators can include essentially any measurement for quality, cost, safety, or productivity, including routine inspection tracking, days without accidents, hourly production goals, lead time and on-time deliveries, machine downtime, and many more.

Custom KPI Boards from Visual Workplace are available in wall mount or mobile, magnetic or non-magnetic. They are designed for ultimate durability and function. If you have existing dry erase boards, consider a custom printed overlay for your KPI information that can be placed directly on your boards. Visual Workplace is able to produce custom signs quickly and affordably, frequently at prices similar to standard signage.

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(Visual Workplace: Byron Center, MI) -- Visual Workplace, Inc. offers Gauge-Marking Vinyl for quick visual identification of gauge and inspection parameters and specifications. Gauge-Marking Vinyl is a durable, transparent, adhesive-back vinyl that applies easily to gauges and other smooth surfaces. It can be easily hand-cut with scissors or precut-to-fit at Visual Workplace’s In-House Sign Shop. It applies easily to glass/plexiglass, metal, PVC, corrugated plastic and magnetic/ dry erase boards. Gauge-Mark is ideal for Go-No-Go, alignment, measurement and pressure/vacuum gauges. It can also be used to reduce lighting glare, tint windows, or enhance backlit signs. It’s available in red, green and yellow.

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(Visual Workplace: Byron Center, MI) -- Visual Workplace Inc. offers “Visual Management Techniques to Define Organized, Productive, Safe Territories and Work Areas,” a free, downloadable PDF to help employers assess their facilities and create a safe workplace using visual management techniques. The guide touches on personal protective equipment, facility safety instructions, and machine/equipment/process protocols, showing how visual information is critical to making safer decisions in any workplace. The guide also includes self-assessment questions and tools such as the “Top 12 Safety/Emergency Notification Systems” that every facility should have in place.

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(Visual Workplace: Byron Center, MI) -- Visual Workplace Inc. introduces Gauge Marking Label—a simple and cost-effective means for machine operators to quickly identify gauge and inspection parameters and specifications.

Gauge Marking Label is perfect for error-proofing Go-No-Go gauges, pressure/vacuum gauges, alignment/measurement gauges, and other inspection tools to help maximize productivity and quality control. It is also well suited for any number of other applications such as tinting windows, enhancing signage, applying to backlit signage, and reducing lighting glare.

Gauge Marking Label is 2.0-mil thick, and comes in red, yellow, or green 12 in. × 16 in. sheets.

Gauge Marking Label can be applied to most smooth surfaces including glass, metal, PVC, magnet, corrugated plastic, dry erase board, reflective vinyl acrylic, and others. The material promotes optimal cutting, weeding, lifting, and transfer. It is easily cut by hand, or sheets can be fed into the plotter of the Mobile In-House Sign Shop for precision cutting.

Gauge Marking Label has a one-year shelf life. Indoor use is recommended, but it can withstand outdoor use for up to seven years.

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(Visual Workplace: Byron Center, MI) -- Visual Workplace Inc. introduces Sigma 16 specialty vinyl. Three new options are available to suit varied application needs. Dry erase vinyl is ideal for visuals such as scheduling, processes, and maintenance. Etched vinyl is well-suited for creating logos or decals with an etched or frosted glass look. Reflective vinyl provides high visibility in applications where increased safety is paramount. Each style comes in a 30-ft roll, 16 in. wide, and has a two-year shelf life.

Sigma 16 specialty vinyl are one piece of the Visual Workplace’s complete suite of do-it-yourself sign-making supplies that include vinyl, substrates, banners, sign application and hanging tools, and sign kits to help users quickly and easily make their own signs, banners, and other visuals, either from scratch or existing templates, at a fraction of the cost of purchasing them from an outside resource. Creating signs in-house is an extremely cost-effective solution for companies active in, or getting started with, 5S, lean implementation, and continuous improvement throughout the workplace.

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(Visual Workplace: Byron, MI) -- Visual Workplace Inc. has introduced Visual Management Layered Learning Modules. This web-based visual management solution consists of six core training modules that include weekly activities and assignments that help participants to learn and carry research-based principles and answers into the workplace to reduce waste and continually improve processes. The cost of each module is about the same as purchasing a continuous improvement book.

“The Layered Learning Model has been successfully implemented in a wide range of industries because it has proven to be an effective training solution that takes just 15 to 20 minutes per week and offers built-in reinforcement and tracking,” says Rhonda Kovera, the CEO at Visual Workplace. “The model eliminates travel-related training expenses and is extremely effective for reaching a distributed workforce. The cumulative effect of layering skills over time is significant and managers who have used the model have told us that the process is not cumbersome or burdensome, and that a whole new set of tools shows up in their toolbox almost seamlessly.”

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(Visual Workplace: Byron Center, MI) -- Visual Workplace Inc., which develops and markets high-quality products to help you implement and sustain a lean work environment and 5S programs, has introduced on-demand educational webinars presented by visual workplace expert, Gwendolyn Galsworth, Ph.D.

Six webinars by Galsworth are currently available, with more coming throughout 2012. Each webinar is roughly 90 minutes; teaches specific concepts, methods, and tools; includes many hands-on exercises; and contains from 40 to 120 actual visual solutions.