Creating A Lean Environment Using A Sign System

Life in the twenty-first century is comprised of millions of transactions and messages shared each day.

These transactions are led by many individuals with unique agendas, with little to no external management. Yet, they typically complete tasks and arrive at their destinations without major problems or confusion. This is due to the detailed processes implemented in our every-day lives.

Think about traveling by plane or car. Consider a grocery or retail shopping experience. What about the last time you visited the hospital or the post office? How useful were the signage, visual cues, and written direction when navigating to your final destination?

Visual workplace signs are used to offer solutions, explain processes, display important information, organize space, give directions, generate discussion, share messages, prompt action, answer questions, and more. All of this leads to more productive workers.

The Lean Environment Concept

The lean environment concept implements the idea of an organized, visual and process-oriented space that supports management’s goals to improve production methods in order to improve profit margins and become more competitive in the marketplace.

The goal of the lean environment concept is to drive costs out of the manufacturing processes and improve the safety of the work environment and worker productivity.

The use of signage is one of the tools at managements disposal to visually communicate and give direction daily to plant personnel allowing them to be more efficient in their work efforts.

Importance of A Sign System in the Lean Environment

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Signage has the ability to eliminate unnecessary wasted time by filling information deficits. It also makes processes safer and simpler, as well as more standardized, logical, fluid and cost-effective.

Using signage in the workplace to assist with macro and micro activity is called workplace visuality. The goals of a visual workplace are a self-ordering, self-explaining, self-regulating and self-improving work environment.

Choosing Effective Signage

Signage is used in a multitude of ways and to answer a number of questions. The most common and important types of signs address the question: “what needs to be known?”

Signage answers the who, what, when, where, why, how, and what next questions, for both staff and customers. This includes technical information, procedures, steps, visual aids, directions and more.

One way to decide what signage would be effective in your workplace is to consider common questions, mistakes, and reasons for wasted time. This may include questions asked more than once in the same time-period, or tasks that result in searching, wandering, guessing, checking and re-checking, interrupting, waiting, testing and more.

Questions get asked and productivity is halted when vital information is missing. Consider sharing the most important information on sign systems and productivity will likely increase as questions and unnecessary actions decrease.

The Benefits of a Sign System  

Signage is more than shared messages that benefit the staff and managers. It also creates an environment that people enjoy.

Signage helps foster a clean and organized work environment, create logical work or traffic flow, creates safe and informed processes and answers core questions. This all leads to increased productivity and improved profit margins.

When using signs to remove as much time as possible from all processes, a value is added to the organization and the visual lean concept is implemented.

Ceiling Outfitters Sign Hanging Solutions

Unfortunately, hanging and changing signs as often as the lean environment calls for appears to be a tedious, difficult, and unsafe process. But, it doesn’t have to be!

Ceiling Outfitters offers solutions to hang, change and remove signs without ever having to use a ladder or lift reaching ceilings up to 27 ft. high. This makes the process simpler and easier, aligning with the lean environment concept.

The Clik-Clik System, complete with strong ceiling magnets, installation poles, and a replacement for steel cable, LoopLine™, is a sign system that provides an easy method to quickly hang, replace, move or remove signs without difficulty and wasted actions, realizing time savings of up to 70%. And, all the components are reusable.

Effective signage supports greater productivity and management efforts to create a lean environment that improves production rates, product quality, and increased sales.

About Ceiling Outfitters:

Since 2007, Ceiling Outfitters® has partnered with over 2,000 organizations and 22,000 stores nationally within the retail, manufacturing, education, and hospitality industries. Ceiling space and storefront windows are optimal visual display locations and we help customers utilize these areas safely, quickly, easily and more economically. 

We are the master distributor of the Clik-Clik™ family of products, the premier magnetic hanging system that transforms the ceiling eco-system into a workable location for strategic placement of ceiling signs and displays and helps employees suspend items without a ladder or lifting device.

 

Ceiling Outfitters’ Solutions vs. Traditional Sign Hanging Systems

Hanging Signs in the Workplace

As technology develops, so does the workplace. Smart business owners and managers are always looking to implement new strategies and processes with tools that increase project execution, workplace productivity, efficiency, cost-effectiveness and safety.

For manufacturers, retailers, grocers, educators and event management teams, sign hanging systems and visual displays play an important role when conducting business. However, the traditional sign hanging process is far from productive, efficient, cost-effective and safe.

Ceiling Outfitters®, a sign hanging systems and solutions provider, offers a proven system of tools that simplifies the sign and display hanging workflow. Use the right tools for the job and eliminate ladders or lifts, cutting and fastening cable while perched on a ladder using cumbersome tools, joining multiple lengths of unsightly metal or plastic double “C” hooks that can easily disconnect or tying connecting knots or crimping cable to the visual display.

Traditional Sign Hanging Systems & Concerns

Hanging signs using outdated methods requires several staff members. One to measure, manipulate and cut the connecting cord such as string, monofilament or steel cable (possibly with frayed ends) then connect it to the sign with hooks, crimps and knots. Once the cable is attached, the sign is ready to be hung using more connectors and crimps. Bring in employees two and three to tote the ladder into place, climb the ladder, and steady the ladder so employee two can hand the signs to the one who is balancing precariously on the ladder using tools to attach the cord to the ceiling.

A number of things can go wrong during this unnecessarily complicated process, making it inefficient and unsafe. If the cords are not cut or crimped evenly the sign will not hang level. Often times uneven signs are not noticed until it is already hanging from the ceiling and the tools have been put away.

However, top-of-the-mind during this process is a workplace injury. Heading up and down a ladder or lift several times is risky without external stimuli. Add carrying the sign up the ladder and connecting the cord to the ceiling, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. Other safety concerns include injury when using frayed metal cords, sharp scissors or wire cutters, and other necessary tools.

Is the inefficiency of this process worth the risk, time or trouble? Certainly not; especially when innovative sign hanging products from Ceiling Outfitters are available at a competitive price. For this reason, a number of large, well-known companies have made the switch to Ceiling Outfitters’ products.

Ceiling Outfitters’ Sign Hanging Systems & Benefits

Ceiling Outfitters sells a number of sign hanging systems and accessories that work collectively to help quickly, easily, and safely hang ceiling signs.

The leading sign hanging system in the industry is the Clik-Clik Magnetic System. It’s components, which includes ClikMagnets™, the installation MagPole™, MagMover™ and LoopLine™ work together to make use of sign hanging systems FAST, SAFE and EASY. Here is a summary of the right tools for the job.

ClikMagnets are plastic coated, permanent neodymium magnets that adhere to any metal surface containing iron, including drop ceilings, open industrial beams and roof decking. These magnets replace historically used ceiling twist on clips or cumbersome, unsightly and large warehouse-ceiling hooks. We offer four magnets with pull-strengths ranging from up to 3 to 20 lbs. (1.4 kg to 9.1 kg). ClikMagnets are reusable and will not lose their magnetism unlike ceramic magnets which have a lower force rating of BH Max 3 as compared to our rare-earth magnets rated at BH Max 40.

The MagMover attaches to the end of the installation MagPole™ which together transports the sign and ClikMagnets to the installation point on the ceiling and then retrieves it when changing signs. There are five models to choose from including the Single, standard Dual, the Adjustable 24” Dual, fixed 24” Dual and the eight-station Multi MagMover™. The synergies of this and the other Clik-Clik™ components work together to reduce the time needed to hang signs by up to 70%.

The MagPole is a durable, professional grade telescoping installation pole. Attach your choice of MagMovers™ to simply lift the display to the ceiling for quick and easy installation. Offered in 3 models it provides access to ceilings up to 27 ft. high (7.0m) unlike competitive products which only reach 23 ft. The aluminum and fiberglass construction results in a sturdy pole that is easily maneuvered when fully extended. And, the pole won’t bow over like competitive products when loaded with a ceiling display. Extend the MagPole™ with an auto-lock push-button feature unlike other installation poles that feature the unreliable twist-locking method.

LoopLine is our patented, durable connecting cord that replaces unsightly ceiling clips equipped with monofilament, string, steel cable and adaptable metal or plastic “C” hooks. Configured with two-inch repeating loops, LoopLine connects the ClikMagnet™ to the ceiling display without tying a knot. Simply looping the line back through itself makes the connection quick and easy and allows for easy removal and reuse when changing signs. Signs hang level when each line has the same number of loops. Today, it is the only product of its kind that is available on the market, and is used around the globe by retailers, grocers, manufacturers and other professionals. This unique product is available only through Ceiling Outfitters.

Ceiling Outfitters provides additional ceiling accessories for connecting displays to the ceiling. The UrbanTrapeze™ creates a connecting loop in steel cable for heavier ceiling signs without using a crimp. Simply push a button to level the display or incrementally adjust its height from the floor. The E-Z™ Banner Hanging System products provide a finished look to the top and bottom edges of graphics. These rigid extrusions securely hold the graphic in place, provide a connection point to the ceiling and improve the visibility of the printed message. Use Miracle-Sticks® to attach small signs to glass, metal, wood, plastic surfaces or floor displays and easily remove the sign without leaving adhesive residue on the attaching surface.

Why Use Ceiling Outfitters?

Offers the Best & Highest Quality Sign Hanging Systems and Accessories.We offer the best and highest quality sign hanging systems and accessories available on the market. Our customers rely on Ceiling Outfitter’s years of experience for solutions to their sign hanging challenges. Allow Ceiling Outfitters to work with you on your next project and provide the best ceiling hanging systems solutions that ensure the quickest, easiest and safest installation of your project.

To speak to one of our sign hanging systems and solutions experts, call Ceiling Outfitters today at (972) 635-4846 or fill out this contact form on the website.

About Ceiling Outfitters:

Since 2007, Ceiling Outfitters® has partnered with over 2,000 organizations and 22,000 stores nationally within the retail, manufacturing, education, and hospitality industries. Ceiling space and storefront windows are optimal visual display locations and we help customers utilize these areas safely, quickly, easily and more economically.

We are the master distributor of the Clik-Clik™ family of products, the premier magnetic hanging system that transforms the ceiling eco-system into a workable location for strategic placement of ceiling signs and displays and helps employees suspend items without a ladder or lifting device.

The Basics of Hanging Signs with Ceiling Magnets

Traditionally, there has been no easy method when hanging signs and decor from the ceiling. Hassling with tangled cords, levels, ladders, and lifts makes the process of hanging and changing signs notoriously difficult and time-consuming.

Ceiling Outfitters provides ceiling sign-hanging solutions that are a quick, easy and safe way to hang ceiling signs. The ClikMagnet™, a main component of the Clik-Clik™ Magnetic Hanging System, makes it possible to hang ceiling signs with ease.
 

Hang Signs With Ease Using Ceiling Magnets

ClikMagnets are small, very powerful, permanent ceiling magnets that naturally resist demagnetization. They firmly and reliably connect to any metal surface with steel content, including drop and open-beam ceilings. However, when it’s time to move the sign, the ClikMagnet detaches with minimal effort.

ClikMagnets are encased in a plastic coating to protect against scratches on the connecting surface, and come in four magnetic pull strengths:

  • The Mini ClikMagnet™ is the smallest ceiling magnet option and is perfect for very lightweight signs and decorations. It is offered in a silver chrome with a single ring and has a 3 pound (1.4 Kilogram) magnetic pull.
  • The Regular ClikMagnet™ is a small 1 ¾ inch, powerful tool. It is equipped with a single chrome ring. Offered in both white and black, it easily blends into colored ceilings for a nearly invisible connection. The Regular ClikMagnet has a 5 pound (2.3 kilogram) magnetic pull, perfect for lightweight articles.
  • The Super ClikMagnet™ is also offered in your choice of white or black. This magnet is ideal for heavier items, including mid-weight signs, fabrics and heavier ceiling displays. These stronger ceiling magnets come with two chrome rings and an impressive 10 pound (4.5 kilogram) magnetic pull.
  • The Round ClikMagnet™ is designed for use with the FlatHat™ system, for hanging signs from extra tall ceilings. It’s also a popular stand-alone ceiling magnet. Available in a white plastic case, the Round Blue ClikMagnet has a 10 pound (4.5 kilogram) magnetic pull. The Round Red is the strongest of the ceiling magnets, with a 20 pound (9.1 kilogram) magnetic pull.

ClikMagnets have proved to be the ideal replacement for conventional ceiling clips, which are unsightly, can damage ceiling tile and are difficult to install. Retailers, grocers, manufacturers, event planners, and more, testify that Clik-Clik ceiling magnets are nifty devices that make a world of difference in the sign hanging process.

How to Install Ceiling Signs Using ClikMagnets

Installation with the ClikMagnet is safe and easy when using the entire Clik-Clik system, including LoopLine™, the MagPole™, and the MagMover™. Quick Easy & Safe Ceiling Sign Installation

To begin installation, you must first connect LoopLine to both the ClikMagnet and then the sign. Next, place the ClikMagnet with LoopLine attached into the post of the MagMover, which screws on to the end of a MagPole. Extend the pole to position the sign and magnets in a preferential location for the greatest visibility of the ceiling display.

To remove the sign and ceiling magnets, swing out the corkscrew on the MagMover. Extend the MagPole, insert the corkscrew into the chrome ring on the ceiling magnet and pull.

With the Clik-Clik Magnetic Sign Hanging system, you never have to deal with the hassle of getting out and using a ladder or lifts again. Hanging signs has never been this easy.

To learn more about the Clik-Clik Magnetic Hanging System and to get started with ClikMagnets today, Contact Ceiling Outfitters at (972) 588-1555.

About Ceiling Outfitters:

Since 2007, Ceiling Outfitters® has partnered with over 2,000 organizations and 22,000 stores nationally within the retail, manufacturing, education, and hospitality industries. Ceiling space and storefront windows are optimal visual display locations and we help customers utilize these areas safely, quickly, easily and more economically.

We are the master distributor of the Clik-Clik™ family of products, the premier magnetic hanging system that transforms the ceiling eco-system into a workable location for strategic placement of ceiling signs and displays and helps employees suspend items without a ladder or lifting device.

 

How to Easily Create a Steel Loop with Ceiling Hanging Hardware

When hanging signs the old-fashioned way, steel cables must be measured, cut evenly and crimps compressed by hand while balancing on a ladder or lift with a box full of tools. All of this in order to create a connecting loop.

This task can be difficult, frustrating, inefficient and even dangerous. Don’t let this process deter you from hanging your visual displays. There is an easy solution with our ceiling hanging hardware!

Introducing the UrbanTrapeze™, a versatile and practical solution, sold by Ceiling Outfitters® that simplifies the installation method when working with steel cables.

Why Use UrbanTrapeze

With retail starting at just over $1.00, UrbanTrapeze won’t break the bank and offers installers a reusable, quick and hassle-free alternative when creating steel loops.

UrbanTrapeze revolutionizes the sign hanging industry with its built-in locking mechanism, which automatically grips the steel cable. This grip is certain to keep the wire loop securely in place for the lifetime of the hanging visual display.

The self-locking device creates an adjustable loop that can be easily manipulated or changed at any time. This allows for reuse of both the UrbanTrapeze and the steel cable. It makes the workflow quicker and easier when changing signage.

UrbanTrapeze is regarded as the perfect ceiling hanging hardware for creating steel loops by savvy retailers, grocers, installation crews, manufacturers, event planners and more. It facilitates the hanging of aisle markers, navigational signs, heavy décor items, lighting systems, HVAC ductwork and other visual displays.

How to Easily Create and Adjust a Steel Loop Using UrbanTrapeze

It is easy to create a secure loop and attach it to a sign with this ceiling hanging hardware! Simply follow these 3 steps:

You'll Never Use A Crimp Again

Step 1. With the UrbanTrapeze and steel cable in opposite hands, insert one end of the cable through either arrow-guided clutch button, pushing several inches of cable through the device. Use the emerging cable for step two and three.

Step 2. Thread the emerging cable through the hanging hardware and back up towards the UrbanTrapeze.

Step 3. Finally, to complete and secure the loop, feed the same end of the emerging cable through the unused clutch button on UrbanTrapeze. The built-in clutch mechanism automatically secures the cable.

Once the loop is complete, you can level your visual display or easily adjust the hanging height with the quick push of either clutch button. This allows the cable to freely move back and forth for quick adjustments.

UrbanTrapeze Specifications

This sleek and compact ceiling hanging hardware is offered in two models:

UrbanTrapeze 1.5 measures 1.25 inches by .75 inch (3.2 x 1.9 centimeters). Its exterior is made of anodized aluminum silver finish which provides protection against corrosion.

The safe working load of the UrbanTrapeze 1.5 is 44 pounds (or 20 kilograms) and requires a 1/6 inch (1.5 millimeter) 7×7 galvanized steel cable.

UrbanTrapeze 3.0 measures 1.94 inches x 1.17 inches (4.9 x 2.97 centimeters). Its exterior is also made of an anodized aluminum silver finish.

The safe working load of the UrbanTrapeze 3.0 is an impressive 198 pounds (or 90 kilograms) and requires a 1/8 inch (3.0 millimeter) 7×7 galvanized steel cable.

For optimal performance, it is recommended both models of UrbanTrapeze not to be used with coated or stainless-steel cables or outdoors.

UrbanTrapeze is Recommended for Use with FlatHat™ Ceiling Hanging Hardware

While UrbanTrapeze can be used in conjunction with other ceiling hanging hardware, Ceiling Outfitters recommends that it be used with the FlatHat™ System for ceilings over 27 feet.

Use the FlatHat receiver to create a Clik-Spot™ or static sign location for open-beam ceiling heights beyond the reach of Clik-Clik™’s installation MagPole™.

The FlatHat system virtually lowers the ceiling height by placing the Receiver at a height the MagPole™ can reach.

Simply determine the desired sign hanging location, install cable over the open-beam and connect the FlatHat Receiver to the free end of the cable using the UrbanTrapeze.

Once the FlatHat receiver is in place the process of installing and changing ceiling signs is quicker, easier and safer from the convenience and safety of the floor using the compatible Clik-Clik Magnetic Sign Hanging System.

The full system includes the FlatHat Receiver, steel cable, UrbanTrapeze, and the Clik-Clik™ Magnetic Sign Hanging System’s installation products including the MagPole™, 24” Dual MagMover™, LoopLine™ and Round ClikMagnet™.

For more information about the UrbanTrapeze or any other ceiling hanging hardware, contact Ceiling Outfitters today.

About Ceiling Outfitters:

Since 2007, Ceiling Outfitters® has partnered with over 2,000 organizations and 22,000 stores nationally within the retail, manufacturing, education, and hospitality industries. Ceiling space and storefront windows are optimal visual display locations and we help customers utilize these areas safely, quickly, easily and more economically.

We are the master distributor of the Clik-Clik™ family of products, the premier magnetic hanging system that transforms the ceiling eco-system into a workable location for strategic placement of ceiling signs and displays and helps employees suspend items without a ladder or lifting device.