Graphic Products releases floor marking best practices guide
PORTLAND, OR – Companies looking to improve efficiency and eliminate waste are turning to lean manufacturing techniques including floor marking at an increasing rate to delineate inventory placement, forklift traffic, and safety zones. When inventory is sitting in a warehouse, no one is making money. And that’s a huge problem. Floor marking tape is cost-effective, highly visible and withstands the abuse of warehouse traffic.
Floor marking or floor striping defines loading and unloading areas for inventory, safety and hazard zones and facility entrances, exits and other areas. When spills occur, floor marking visually warns us to avoid wet and slippery floors which may cause injuries. Floor marking supplies also outline doorways, line hand rails and step landings.
To assist facility managers with planning a floor marking job, Graphic Products has released a free Floor Marking Best Practices Guide. The guide is designed to:
- Educate facility managers about how floor marking can help improve both safety and efficiency
- Explain how to apply floor marking supplies
- Review popular color standards for floor marking
- Showcase floor marking supplies and accessories
The fully-illustrated, 16-page guide addresses:
- Choosing the best floor marking method
- Floor marking tips
- Sample floor plans
- Facility floor marking inspections
“Some view floor marking as a component of the 5S lean manufacturing methodology– the “S” in Set in Order. Everything is organized and has its place, whether it’s a machine, a recycling bin or a tool cabinet,” said Steve Stephenson, Graphic Products. “While large companies have high volume warehouse traffic, small firms may have complex and confusing warehouse layouts. Both will benefit from floor marking to alleviate potential bottlenecks.”
But floor marking tape is not all created equal. Forklifts, crates and pallets destroy inferior tape. For heavy duty facility traffic, DuraLabelhas introduced a family of floor marking supplies to take daily punishment from vehicles, enhance safety communications, direct people to exits and entrances and comply with OSHA requirements for marking permanent aisles and passageways.
Graphic Products manufactures and distributes DuraLabel thermal transfer printers, which are bundled with free software for creating pipe markers, arc flash labels and wayfinding signs. Users can also opt to create their own signs and labels using Microsoft Word or OpenOffice.
DuraLabel offers more than 50 application-specific supplies and provides same-day shipping to meet just-in-time delivery requirements. Graphic Products counts Amazon, Boeing, DuPont, Intel and Toyota among its global customer base. International distributors include Complied, www.complied.com.auin Australia and Rebo Systems, www.rebosystems.comin the Netherlands.
The guide, available in print and downloadable PDF, is available here.