Implementing a
Shadow Board.

Shadow boards are a key Visual Management tool and are essential for workplaces wishing to implement

5S workplace organisation, especially those that are looking to organise high volumes of hand tooling and equipment.

The process of implementing shadow boards might seem daunting at first, but there is no need for vast experience

5S implementation, Visual Management or Lean to decide what tooling or equipment should stored on a tooling Shadow Board. This process can be simple and undertaken by anyone who accesses tooling and equipment in the workspace.

Get Organised

Introduction to organising the workplace, not all tools need to go on a shadow board etc..

See the below matrix to understand which tools should qualify to be on your shadow boards, and where those shadow boards should live

Does the tool deserve to be on a Shadow board?

 

Remove:

If the tool is never used within the workshop then there is no reason for it to be kept there, in fact there is no reason for it to be kept at all. This usually applies to tooling that comes in a set. (sockets, spanners etc.) If there is no requirement for a certain sized socket why keep it? It may only be adding to the clutter making the correct socket harder to spot.

 

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Away from Working:

Why and which tools usually go on these boards.

Example?

Hand Tool Shadow board

Within the working environment:

Why and which tools usually go on these boards

Example?

Street Crane - Shadow Board - Frame (4)

Close to the process:

Why and which tools usually go on these boards

Example?

Shadow Board on Work Station

Point of use:

Why and which tools usually go on these boards

Example?

'Just in case'

Sometimes making decisions to remove items from the business facilities altogether requires honesty and asking the question if we are holding onto an item “just in case” or out of habit. In these scenarios a red tag exercise is useful to date how long the items goes unused. A good working rule is anything that isn’t used within 6 months should be either be removed from the business altogether or if used within the last year kept away from the working environment but still kept within the business facilities (stores area).