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 Adds LoopLine™ 400 to the Existing Product Catalog

 

Ceiling Outfitters® has added LoopLine ™ 400 to the existing list of Clik-Clik magnetic sign hanging system products available on the company website, along with E-Z banner hanging systems, UrbanTrapeze™ and other sign hanging accessories.

Ceiling Outfitters is one of the largest Clik-Clik distributors and has helped over 2,000 organizations and placed Clik-Clik™ in over 20,000 stores nationally with sign hanging solutions that are safe, easy to use and price competitive.

LoopLine is a “patented, durable, connecting-cord. Configured with two-inch repeating loops.”

LoopLine “connects Clik-Clik hanging magnets and other ceiling connectors to hanging signs, displays or decorations.”

Created to replace expensive and hard-to-work-with steel cable and barbed-string, LoopLine eliminates the annoyances of hanging a sign level. When matching lengths of cord have the same number of loops, signs hang level.  LoopLine has proven effective with retailers, event planners, school districts, printers, grocers and manufacturers across the United States.

LoopLine 400 has the same two-inch repeating loops as other LoopLine™ products, with a significant added feature – 400-lb. tensile strength. LoopLine & LoopLine Light offer anywhere from 5 to 25-pound tensile strength.

Available in 115 feet (35 meter) spools, LoopLine 400 is made to specifically replace 7 x 7 x 1/16” steel cables eliminating the use of special tools. It is easy-to-install, reusable and cuts with scissors, putting an end to working with sharp and frayed metal cables and carrying special tools up a ladder or scissor lift.

When it comes to visually engaging an audience and effectively utilizing ceiling space to communicate a message, there’s no better method on the market than those offered by Ceiling Outfitters.

To see other sign hanging solutions, systems and accessories visit the Ceiling Outfitters website at www.ceilingoutfitters.com

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.

Ceiling Outfitters is a 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 Answer to Hanging Level Signs with Ease

One of the many challenges when hanging level signs in retail, grocery or manufacturing environments is having to use traditional sign hanging cords and cable.

Cutting the line “perfectly even” is easy but knotting each line to the sign and ceiling clip at the same location in order to have level signs is the challenge.  Added challenges include working with frayed steel cable and weak barbs attached to the end of string or monofilament. You can take the disaster out of the equation by using the LoopLine™ cord.

LoopLine is a revolutionary product that provides an alternative to traditional sign hanging cords. LoopLine effectively:

  • decreases the amount of time spent hanging a sign
  • removes the difficulty and hassle associated with hanging level signs
  • offers an attractive visual aesthetic to the hanging sign
  • replaces monofilament and string cords equipped with barbed ends, metal jack chains, steel cables, and metal or plastic double C hooks.

LoopLine Specifications

This guide addresses what makes LoopLine the most effective sign hanging solution, as well as offers insight on how to use, cut, and attach the product to signs and magnetic connectors.

LoopLine is a patented product exclusive to Clik-Clik™ Systems’ distributor,  Ceiling Outfitters®, who provides sign hanging solutions, systems and accessories, that work with LoopLine, such as:

  • ClikMagnets™ – Connectors that “clik” to metals containing iron, easily attaching to T-bars, girders & FlatHat Receivers™.
  • MagPole™ – Retractable installation pole which replaces clunky and dangerous ladders, and lifts.
  • MagMover™ – Inexpensive MagPole attachment that transports and installs each ClikMagnet and later retrieves them when the sign is changed.

LoopLine, is a unique product and works with both the Clik-Clik System and other ceiling connectors, like E-Z™ Metal Ceiling Hooks, twist clips and U-hooks.

LoopLine unique attributes ensure:

  • ease and safety compared to traditional cords and strings
  • seamless cutting with scissors, without leaving frayed or sharp ends
  • a visually pleasing design, offered in various colors including a UV resistant clear
  • hang level signs, when the length of each line has the same number of loops
  • flawless measuring, and no tying knots, with pre-measured 2” repeating loops
  • a durable, reusable and recyclable product; easy to install, uninstall, move or change
  • no need for the use of special tools, including a barb or connecting device, as the cord loops through itself to create a secure and sturdy connection to the ceiling clip and sign.

LoopLine is offered in four variants:

Ceiling Outfitters creates customizable hanging solutions, including kits with pre-measured LoopLine and hardware specific to unique job requirements.

Learn How To Hang Signs with LoopLine

Using LoopLine When attaching LoopLine to a ClikMagnet

Insert the first loop on one end of the LoopLine cord through the ClikMagnet ring, open that first loop and thread the opposite end through, creating a cow-hitch.

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There are two methods when attaching LoopLine to your sign or banner

  • When the ClikMagnet is attached to one end of LoopLine, thread first loop of the opposite end of the cord through the sign or banner grommet and pull the rest of the line and the ClikMagnet fully through the first loop, making sure to pull tight.
  • Without a ClikMagnet, on one end string the LoopLine through the grommet and first loop, creating a cow-hitch. Then, use the above methods to attach the free end to a ClikMagnet or another connecting device.

There are two methods to use when attaching LoopLine to a slanted ceiling

  • Add one or more rings to one of the ClikMagnets until the difference in ceiling height is eliminated. This way you can keep the LoopLine the same length on both sides.
  • Use this mathematical solution to find the length of LoopLine: RISE/RUN x distance between sign grommets = number of inches to add to the length of one of the lines.

Getting Mathematical to Find LoopLine Length for Slanted Ceilings

To determine the length of LoopLine when hanging on slanted ceilings use the equation:

RISE/RUN x distance between grommets = length to add to one of the lines, in inches.

Finding the RISE and RUN: Calculate the distance vertically, on the shortest wall, from the floor to the ceiling and record the length in inches. Move away exactly 12 inches from the wall and record the length in inches from floor to ceiling.

The difference between these two numbers is the RISE. The 12 inches you moved away from the wall is the RUN. Take the Rise and divide it by the Run, then, multiply that number by the distance between two sign grommets, in inches.

The answer you get is the number of inches you need to add to one of the lines.

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.

Hanging Sign Hardware for the Manufacturing Environment

Hanging Sign Hardware for the Manufacturing Environment

Informative and highly visible signs in the manufacturing environment supports the organization’s lean initiatives which drives safety and efficiency into standards-based processes. The outlay of company resources creates value by removing inefficiencies in the production process.  Signs support this by reducing non-value-added work, empowering employees towards greater efficiency and smoothing-out production unevenness.

Make It Happen

Critical to business success is the ability of manufacturers and other efficiency driven businesses to harness the visual workplace that makes plain what is and is not normal, transforming the company into a lean and effective production operation.  Visual solutions empower workers to better understand the work order:  what is to happen, when it will happen, how it will happen, who will make it happen and how many are needed to make it happen.

Hanging Sign Hardware for Improved Communication

Hanging sign hardware allows for strategically placed signs in the visual workplace supporting self-explanation, self-ordering and self-regulation by the employees of the work processes. A notable example of effective use of signs is found in manufacturers with production cells. In the visually oriented workplace, signs give direction and identification on the production floor.  Each cell is signed with the part being produced.  Adjacent to the production cell is the raw material “supermarket”. Raw materials ready for conversion are slotted and signed to match each production cell making “shopping” for the correct raw material quick and easy.

Raw materials located nearby, easily distinguishable from each other and quickly accessible in the “supermarket” keep production moving forward. A manufacturing environment with great signage hung with quality hanging sign hardware provides true visual solutions that support the goals of the visual workplace.

Proper Visuals Enhance the Workplace

There are a variety of visuals in use in business.  While this blog’s focus is on the hanging sign hardware for installing signs on ceilings, let’s not ignore floor stripping for employee and visitor direction and safety; wall signs that inspire, inform and communicate team goals and results. Even the outline of tools on pegboard in the tool crib support visual efficiency.

So, where do you put signs?  Above each production cell, in raw material receiving and storage, converted product storage, the staging a

Boost Employee Safety and Efficiency

rea for shipping. Even the office can be easily signed with flush mount hanging sign hardware.

Properly signed businesses bring value to their customers through less waste, more productivity and competitively priced product, creating time to focus on the bigger issues in today’s competitive workplace.

Boost Employee Safety and Efficiency with Hanging Sign Hardware

Hanging sign hardware lets you precisely place signs with messages that enhance employee work knowledge and efficiency. Employees are your best resource for the visuals they need to be successful. Signage communicates valuable information so a supervisor doesn’t have to convey the same message repeatedly. More importantly is the fact that signs aren’t as commonly misinterpreted as the spoken word. Verbal instructions from a supervisor can easily be misheard or misinterpreted.  Signs are much more direct and to the point.

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 product, 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.