12 Days of Shadow Boards

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12 Days of Shadow Boards

5S Shadow Boards offer many benefits, especially in the food industry. We've compiled a list of these benefits in one place and some examples of different shadow boards that may inspire your next project.


1. Organization

Keeping organized work areas reduces stress and increases productivity. Greater productivity = better results.

Keep areas clean with a place for everything and everything in its place.

Cleaning stations keep all your cleaning tools and equipment together in one place.

2. HACCP Compliant

Implementing a color-coding program helps to reduce cross-contamination and food safety risks. Shadow Boards keep color-coded tools together and streamline work efforts.

Mobile shadow boards are a great way to transport your tools around large manufacturing plants and shop floors. They can be single or double sided keeping food contact and non-food contact tools separate. Mobile boards have a steel frame with locking casters to hold the cleaning station board in place at all times. The boards are shatterproof, chemical resistant, washable & temperature tolerant. Making them suitable for harsh environments.

3. Save Money

Having your tools in one place provides a clear visual of what's in use or missing. Reducing lost tools & equipment = money savings.

Header boards are a great visual if you're on a tight budget but still need organization. These smaller boards provide hooks and holders for tools along with small shadow icons to clearly communicate placement.

4. Improve Productivity

Boost productivity and save time by knowing where your tools are. Eliminate searching and distractions.

Tool boards keep all your tools and parts, large and small, together in one place and provide a quick visual. Everything needed in your workspace is readily available.

5. Improve Safety

Reduce risk + Increase safety.

Keeping equipment off the floor and a clear visual creates a safer workplace. The BRCGS Issue 8 mandate (1.1.2) requires food sites to define and maintain a clear plan for the ongoing development of a positive food safety culture. This plan must include: All the sections of the site that have an impact on product safety (overall the plan must ensure that all relevant sections/roles are covered)

Transparent shadow boards provide a clear visual of the work area. These boards allow employees to see pedestrian and forklift traffic.

6. Improve Quality

Shadow boards provide clear visibility for replacements and shortages of tools and equipment. When quality is improved it reduces employee stress & promotes higher engagement.

Stainless steel boards are another great option. Durable, rust, and chemical safe, these boards reduce the risk of foreign material contamination. Completely customizable with black laser marking.

7. Reduce Waste

Having a place for commonly used equipment & tools helps to eliminate unnecessary items. Reduce waste = cost savings.

Instrument boards are a great option to keep specialty equipment. Reduce inventory costs by getting rid of unnecessary tools.

8. Customization

If you dream it, we can make it. Every shadow board can be custom made to fit your food safety needs. We guide you through the process and work with your budget to help you hit your food safety goals.

No two processing plants are exactly alike. That’s why our consultants work with you to determine the best possible tool storage solutions. Whether it be wall or wheel mounted models, our Shadow Boards offer the ultimate in hygiene and efficiency. Incorporate any colors or graphics in order to achieve a truly unique look to your boards. All of our Shadow Boards are custom designed and configured to meet the specific requirements of your facility.

9. Employee Commitment

When a work station has order it streamlines workflow and increases employee engagement.

Triangle boards provide three sides of custom shadow boards on one mobile cart. A great option to save space and separate color coded tools or equipment in one place.

10. Standardization

Standardization = reduce errors

When you standardize processes, it improves communication and training. Shadow boards are a great tool to create a specific workflow by creating order process.

Cage shadow boards are larger enclosed mobile boards with space for up to six shadow boards in a mobile lockable cage.

11. Create more space

Shadow boards can increase floor space by 10-20%. Specialized magents can be used to hang boards without the need of drilling holes into walls and allows boards to be easily moved and maximize use. This option eliminates any disruptions and makes it possible to install in a fraction of time. Magents prevent any harborage points and makes cleaning a breeze.

12. Continuous Improvement

Improvement = success.

5S implementation has proven to increase workplace efficiency by an average of 37%.

Reach out to us today for a consultation, we're happy to help you reach your food safety goals!