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5S Cleaning Stations: 3 versions

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National Engravers Reveal New Range of Branded Cleaning Stations

The UK’s leading 5S product provider has confirmed the addition of three new Cleaning Station options for UK manufacturers focused on lean management principles.

The wall mounted, free standing and mobile Cleaning Stations by National Engravers improve workplace organisation by offering dedicated storage boards for organising tools and cleaning supplies.

The robust and durable Cleaning Stations form an integral part of the five phases of 5S which is a workplace organisation philosophy of lean manufacturing - working more efficiently in order to increase productivity and reduce waste.

Each Shadow Board provides a fixed shadow to attach specific cleaning equipment such as mops, brooms and buckets. Wholly bespoke, the wall-mounted, freestanding and mobile options can all be custom-designed to suit their environment and purpose, including specific tool shape compatibility, company logos, colours and branding.

Anna McCarthy, Senior Partner at National Engravers said, “There is little doubt that every UK manufacturer, whether a large established brand, public sector body or SME, can benefit from the addition of optimised processes and efficient practises to minimise waste. Our newly launched range of visual workplace solutions help our clients to implement this ideology and promote a culture of ownership within the workplace.

“Our variation on the basic shadowboard fulfils a number of functions intrinsic to lean management and helps to ensure workplaces run as efficiently as possible by making cleaning processes better organised, easier to use and more intuitive.”

Each Cleaning Station is suitable for use both indoors and outdoors and is laminated for extra durability. The design and layout are digitally printed and can be laminated onto a variety of substrates including Aluminium board, Foamex, Parlight, MDF and even acrylic.

The wallmounted Cleaning Station can be provided on 3mm aluminium composite, foamex, melamine or 18mm PVC for increased endurance. The mobile version is particularly valuable when used in large manufacturing plants and shop floors. Its aluminium frame is expertly made with adjustable casters and a supporting frame to hold the cleaning station board in place at all times. Versatile design coupled with robust manufacturing. The free-standing option provides a solution where location on a wall is not an option.

All the fixings for attaching utensils to the Cleaning Stations are included and National Engravers can advise on the most appropriate fixings for specific requirements. National Engravers can also supply the cleaning products if needed.

Lesley Francours, Lean Consultant added, “60% of non-conformance issues arising from audits UK wide relate to poor housekeeping and the care of small manufacturing and hygiene utensils. Cleaning Stations can remove this danger and promote a culture of ownership within the workplace. They are incredibly useful when it comes to implementing lean principles by highlighting lost or misplaced accessories and identifying damaged or deteriorating tools. With dedicated locations for each item and easy fixing to the board, each staff member knows exactly where to find their required tools, making for a more productive workplace.”

The adage “A place for everything and everything in its place” is very apt here.

From the design stage to the manufacturing, National Engravers offer their full support in creating Cleaning Stations which are cost-effective to their customers. Each bespoke visual tool provides an effective entry point into 5S concepts for staff members. National Engravers also offers an extensive aftercare service to further develop and implement lean management strategies.

A free consultation from a National Engravers lean advisor before ordering ensures manufacturers exploit all available workplace efficiencies.

To find out more and view the range visit http://www.national-engravers.co.uk/branded-cleaning-stations-1/

About National Engravers

National Engravers are one of the UK’s leading 5S product providers. The company has been trading for 3 years and has quickly built successful relationships with large companies such as G&E, Euro Tunnel, Norgren, Tyco and more. It provides a flexible, value added service specialising in 5S visual signage, industrial engraved products such as valve tags and control panels, digital printed graphics and labelling as well as Shadow Boards and Cleaning Stations.