5S and Lean Manufacturing

With the right organizational product from Shark-Co, making your manufacturing operation 5S and Lean compliant has never been easier. Shark-Co Manufacturing offers quality organizational and storage solutions to create a safe and efficient environment for 5S and Lean manufacturers ready to take their production to the next level.

Our functional, custom foam organizers reduce waste and optimize productivity for a streamlined approach to manufacturing resulting in increased performance. Shark-Co’s high-quality industry solutions enhance your workplace so you can get outfitted, get organized, and get 5S and Lean compliant.

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5s stations

What are Shark-Co’s products for 5S and Lean methodology?

To get the most out of the 5S and Lean manufacturing methodology, your workplace must be optimized for efficiency, effectiveness, and productivity. With Shark-Co’s customized foam products, manufacturers receive organizational solutions that can be adjusted to fit standard processes and workflows for better time management and handling of resources.

Increase performance and productivity on the manufacturing floor by taking a systematic approach to 5S and Lean workplace organization utilizing Shark-Co’s foam organizers. Our products include:

Shark-Co enables 5S and Lean manufacturers to organize their materials for visual identification, inventory control, and quick access to parts. Made-to-order foam shadow boards maximize your team’s efficiency by having all of their needed components on-hand with just a top tray, pull drawer, toggle latch, or click away.

Whether you need foam trays, tool boxes, transport cases, protective packaging, assembly kits, case inlays, or more, there’s a Shark-Co product for your company.

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How can Shark-Co improve my workplace organization?

Shark-Co’s products create a visual workplace, with every necessary tool or part in its place in a foam organizer, eliminating waste to improve production processes. The 5S and Lean manufacturing industry can be transformed by Shark-Co’s organizational solutions.

The benefits of using Shark-Co foam products to organize your workplace include:

  • Enhanced safety
  • Improved staff morale
  • Increased production
  • Lowered costs
  • Reduced waste of materials
  • Decreased wasted time

An organized workplace outfitted with Shark-Co products provides visual cues for processes, for example a visual tool layout in a lean toolbox. Employees can utilize custom-made shadow boards to organize their many tools. You can even start color coding foam for separate shadow boards as another step in the process to get your workplace 5S and Lean compliant.

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What phases of 5S can foam products be used in?

Shark-Co can help organizations implement 5S and Lean manufacturing systems. Our organizational solutions provide visual management of tools and parts, along with visual control in work processes to optimize the efficiency of the work environment. When going through the phases of 5S, including Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain, you may identify areas and processes that can benefit from an organizational foam solution from Shark-Co.

See for yourself how Shark-Co can help you set your needed tools and parts in order, allowing you to organize and arrange them in an intuitive way for visual identification and easy access with clear instructions for use. Using Shark-Co products also allows you to clean the work area by getting all tools and parts off the floor and secured into a foam organizer. You can easily maintain your workplace’s 5S methodology with Shark-Co’s organizational solutions.

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What areas of waste can Shark-Co products eliminate in a Lean workplace?

Shark-Co products organize and lay out tools and parts, letting you handle workplace organization while eliminating waste. OEMs that go through Six Sigma training can also benefit from 5S and Lean strategies and Shark-Co products, specifically in reducing waste.

The eight categories of waste in Lean methodology, including defects, overproduction, waiting, non-utilized talent, transportation, inventory, motion, and extra processing, can all be taken under control with Shark-Co.

With foam organizational products, you can eliminate wasted time because new employees will be able to immediately jump into a task with all their materials ready for use. You can also eliminate wasted materials through standardized processes and organization made possible by Shark-Co’s foam organizers that reduce unnecessary work resulting in errors, poor communication, or ineffective organization.

Shark-Co Foam

Our durable products use high-quality, heat-treated foam to deliver customized, secure storage and organization for your items. A Shark-Co team member can work with you to help you select the right product for your process and needs.

Shark-Co foam is manufactured in the USA and meets all federal specifications. Using our distinctive cross-linked and closed-cell polyethylene foam, we create products that are resistant to:

  • Heat & Water
  • Mildew
  • Odors, Stains, & Tears
  • Harsh chemicals & lubricants

With dense yet lightweight foam, our protective inserts withstand any environment. Shark-Co’s foam products also come in a range of weights, from 4 lb to 15 lbs, that provide a variety of storage and safety capabilities to protect your individual assets. Our quality foam products fit into your 5S and Lean workflow creating the organizational solution you’ve been looking for.

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Project Specifications:

Shark-Co works with you to customize 5S and Lean manufacturing organizational solutions to fit your exact needs. See the Shark-Co difference when you use our products to optimize your workplace.

Size: We can cut foam up to 72 inches in length by 48 inches in width, with up to 4 inch thick solid bun stock. Our foam can also be layered in order to provide cushioning for large items with varying depths.

Accuracy: Every part is carefully scanned with precision imaging and drawn to its exact shape in multiple perspectives to ensure proper fit every time. We also design contoured edges and added grip slots for easy access.

Standard Color Combo: Our custom foam inserts feature our standard colors, red, blue, gray, and yellow, for immediate production. Each insert features a charcoal top layer for easy differentiation of fabricated storage spaces. More color options are available to match your brand and create a truly custom color combination, although some color and quantity limitations may apply.

Extra Options: We also provide laser-etched identification tags, laser-etched inventory control data, and laser-etched company logos.

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Shark-Co Manufacturing

1231 Indianapolis Avenue

Lebanon, IN 46052

General Industry – 317-670-6397

Firearms/Law Enforcement – 317-670-6397

EMS/FIRE Industry – 317-750-5369

Seahorse, Gemstar, SKB Cases – 317-750-5369

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