The Lean and Visual Management specialists here at Clarity are dedicated to helping businesses of all sizes across the UK optimise their factories and warehouses. This involves numerous approaches and considerations, with one of the core elements being warehouse floor marking systems. In this blog, we’re looking at the different types of warehouse floor markings and why they’re so integral to health and safety, communication, productivity, and employee engagement.
Warehouse floor markings serve several purposes, including safety, workplace organisation, efficiency, and the reduction of waste. As a result, different types of floor markings are used to convey various messages and instructions, such as:
Warehouse markings are a crucial visual management tool in factories, as everyday tasks could not be carried out in a safe and compliant manner without them. As well as contributing to safety and employee accountability, they also optimise movement, stocktaking, logistics and operational efficiency in a number of ways, such as:
Traditionally, factory floor markings have been applied using paint or tape, but these systems can fade and become damaged over time. The more friction a floor marking undergoes, the harder it will be to see, which greatly reduces its effect. In addition, a growing and evolving factory will doubtless need to change its floor markings multiple times over the years, which requires high levels of labour hours and extensive factory downtime. That’s why Clarity also offers projected floor marking solutions, which use LED interactive projections that respond to moving traffic and can be paused, changed and moved as often as required.
As explained above, there are many types of floor markings that can be used in warehouses, so it’s very important that the right ones are applied according to zones, processes, movement and regulations. To make this an easy and error-free undertaking, our visual management experts are ready to visit your premises, conduct an in-depth assessment, and develop a fully customised floor marking system that will enable you to run a world-class manufacturing facility.
As part of our visit and consultation, we will assess all of the following requirements:
Naturally, we will also incorporate Lean manufacturing principles into all relevant areas when designing and installing your warehouse floor markings. This includes 5S (Sort, Set in order, Shine, Standardise, Sustain) and other Lean practices that will allow your factory to get more done in less time whilst reducing waste and maximising safety.
Warehouse floor markings come in all shapes and sizes, which is why we provide a wide range of floor shapes and symbols that can easily be added to areas that are lacking specific visual cues. However, whether your warehouse is brand new or your business has been running a factory for many years, chances are there will be areas and systems that could be vastly improved by a site visit and in-depth assessment by one of our consultants.
If you’re interested in booking an appointment, simply fill in this contact form to set up a no-obligation introductory session. This involves one of our Senior Visual Management Advisors getting to know your business needs and working out exactly what’s required to take your Lean programme from surviving to thriving.
If you’re ready to create a truly Lean and visual factory that has safety at its very core, contact our team on +44 (0)1482 296451 or fill in our contact form to book your free consultation.
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