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The Concepts of Kaizen

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Kaizen is a philosophy, a methodology, and a way of mind. There are a number of tools and conceptskaizen utilizes to inspire the continuous mindset. Below are a few of our favorite.

Management:

In kaizen, management has two functions: maintenance and improvement. Setting standards and keeping them is an important part of kaizen. One of management’s primary roles is to maintain the technological and operating standards that have been put into place. They make sure that everyone performs their assigned tasks according to explicitly Kaizen concepts outlined standards and performs them on a daily basis.
Management’s other role is improvement. They must be constantly looking for ways to raise the current operating standards. This is an ongoing effort and must be a daily part of the manager’s job.

Process vs. Results

Process is the holy grail of kaizen. Managers often concentrate on results too much
and pay too little attention to the process. Kaizen will change that behavior. The kaizen manager realizes that improving the process will improve the result. This is why kaizen’s main focus is on the process.

PDCA Cycle

The PDCA cycle is a system used to ensure the continuation of the kaizen principles. It is a vital part of the process.

Plan refers to establishing a target and a strategy for improvement. This is a must. Without a target, how do you know if you have achieved success?

Do refers to the implementation of your plan.

Check is when you determine if your plan actually improved the process.

Act is the process of standardizing the improved procedure so that it can be continued and so that the problem will not return.

By following the PDCA cycle, you will ensure that your process improves and does not degrade.

Quality First:

Quality is always the highest priority in a kaizen system. But quality does not only refer to the finished product, it also refers to the processes and standards that create the product. It runs through all phases
of company activity: design, production, management, sales, and service. It is both the goal and the method of the production cycle.

Speak with Data

One of kaizen’s biggest strengths is that it solves problems. But in order for the model to work, you must gather relevant data that can be analyzed. Without this data you will be flying blind. You will never be able to tell what is working and what needs to be improved. Data is the lifeblood of the kaizen system.

The Next Process Is the Customer

Each product is made by a series of processes, one coming before the next. The kaizen model stresses the importance of quality in each stage of manufacturing. The worker responsible for each stage should never pass a defective part (or inaccurate information) to the next stage. This is what is meant by “the next process is the customer.” If every worker embraces this philosophy, the end result will be a dramatic drop in defective products.

Visual Management

Another major concept of kaizen is visual management. The opportunities for improvement may present themselves on a daily basis, but if you are not able to
see them, they will be missed. One of the primary methods used in kaizen is creating an environment where tools, supplies, and processes that are out of place or out of sync can be seen right away.
These are just a few concepts used to ensure kaizen is successful in the workplace. Many tools and strategies fall under the umbrella of kaizen and it is important to familiarize yourself with them. With so many tools at your disposal, you can ensure your kaizen efforts are successful.

The Possibilities of LabelTac Tape

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LabelTac industrial printers are a series of thermal transfer printers that have the capability to produce heaLabelTac Labelsvy duty and professional grade custom labels. For the thermal transfer process, it takes ribbon and supplies, also referred to as LabelTac tape, to create labels that will survive an industrial facility or warehouse. Although the classic supply (the vinyl that words and symbols will be printed on) will last five years in both indoor and outdoor application and features a wide variety of rich, vibrant colors, there are many types of LabelTac Tape to choose from to ensure your labeling project is perfect for your workplace.

What are the different types of LabelTac tape?

High performance: If five years isn’t enough protection for your labels, the High Performance 10-year Supply may be right up your alley. This LabelTac tape is developed to withstand harsh conditions of the outdoors for a minimum of ten years. Ideal for applications in hot, arid climates, you can be sure these labels will last for many years to come.

OSHA header labels: Creating custom, but still OSHA compliant, labels have never been easier with this OSHA header supply. Pre-printed with a colored header and a signal word (DANGER, NOTICE, WARNING, AND CAUTION), you just need to add a word message and pictogram to create a professional safety label or sign that is compliant with both OSHA and ANSI standards.

Reflective/Glow-in-the-dark labels: If you’re looking to create labels or signs that can be seen in low-light or dimly lit areas, there’s LabelTac tape for that! Reflective supply features strong reflective properties ideal for stairwells or crawlspaces. This supply also comes in six different colors: yellow, white, red, green, orange, and blue; you can create any time of label your facility needs! Creative Safety Supply also offers photoluminescent supply that “glows in the dark”. When the facility loses power, these labels will glow brightly; ideal for emergency signs and emergency exit labels.

Extreme temperature supply: LabelTac tape can withstand a temperature range of -40°F to 180°F, there may be instances where you need more resistance to extreme temperatures. Cryogenic Label Supply was developed to survive temperatures all the way down to -176°F. And on the flip side, High Temperature Supply will produce labels that can withstand temperatures exceeding 300°F.

Other types of LabelTac Tape: Above are just a few different types of LabelTac supply, but there is still so much variety. Pre-printed GHS and NFPA supply features blank diamonds that can be easily customized by dragging and dropping pictograms into the blank spots. Military condition tags and RTK labels are also pre-printed, making it simple to create professional and compliant labels and signs.

There are also many different options for LabelTac tape with different adhesive backings. Magnetic supply can be directly placed on machines or equipment and repositioned and oily surface supply was developed to stick to dirty and grimy surfaces. Static cling and repositionable supply are both ideal for temporary labeling solutions. On the other hand, high tack label supply is guaranteed to stick onto difficult spots and features an extra aggressive adhesive backing.

 

Whatever type of labels you need to make for your facility, the variety of LabelTac tape ensures your options are virtually limitless!

LabelTac Support: The LabelTac 4 Pro User Manual

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From the LabelTac 4 Pro User Manual

When you purchase your LabelTac 4 Pro, you will also be receiving an unmatched level of support. This includes a free and full lifetime warranty, lifetime access to the knowledgeable labeling experts at Creative Safety Supply, and a LabelTac 4 Pro user manual. In this post today, we will be talking about the latter of those support, and what information is provided in this user guide. LabelTac printers are a series of industrial labeling printers developed to print high-quality, professional-grade labels in just a matter of minutes. Turn your workbench or desk into an instant custom label or sign shop.

What information is in the LabelTac 4 Pro User Manual?

If this is your first label printer, The LabelTac 4 Pro user manual guides you through set-up process, answers troubleshooting questions, and give pertinent information. The following are the sections outlined in the guide.

What’s in the box/Your Printer: This includes a detailed diagram of what to expect when you receive your printer. The next diagrams show each component and part of the LabelTac 4 Pro. This includes a label for the print head, the media supply hub, and the print ribbon supply. You will also be able to distinguish the variety of ports, switches, and buttons on the printer.

 Connecting LabelTac: Now it’s time to give your printer some power! This printer will need be plugged into any type of PC with a USB 2.9 port, and also into the wall by using the included power cable.

 Installing drivers, templates, and symbols: Your LabelTac printer purchase will also come with a LabelTac Install CD. These sections will guide you to installing the necessary components including how to install drivers, templates, and symbols.  

 How to make labels: A full three pages are dedicated to guide you through making labels with your LabelTac printer. This includes choosing your design program, setting up your label, and then finally designing your label. There are in-depth instructions in how to add text, add images and logos, adding borders, adding industrial symbols, and adding in arrows.

LED & button functions: Learn exactly what the colors of the LED light signifies, and how to properly work the action button.

Troubleshooting: If you’re facing issues with your LabelTac printer, often times there are simple steps that can be taken to remedy the situation. This troubleshooting section first goes over a couple steps that may immediately fix the situation. If an issue persists, the LabelTac 4 Pro User Manual lists five different common problems, along with possible causes and suggested actions.

Cleaning: Possibly the most important section of the user guide, cleaning your label printer will ensure your LabelTac will continue to print clear labels for many, many years. When you order your printer, you will also receive two cleaning swabs to aide you in the six-step process of cleaning the printer.

It is important to note that if the LabelTac 4 Pro User Manual does not provide the advice or answer in regard to your printer, the labeling professionals are here to help! Simply give them a call at Creative Safety Supply or visit the LabelTac website for more information and support.

Using LabelTac 4 Pro Ribbon

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LabelTac 4 Pro Ribbon

Thermal transfer printing is a type of printing that uses heat to melt wax onto a surface. With the LabelTac printer series specifically, it uses print ribbon and vinyl label supply to create durable and professional grade labels. In the printing process, the ribbon is comparable to the ink and the supply is the paper. In this post we will look at the benefits of using thermal transfer printing and specifically the LabelTac 4 Pro ribbon.

What features come with the LabelTac 4 Pro Ribbon?

The LabelTac 4 Pro ribbon itself is an acrylic adhesive that when applied to LabelTac supply, will create an extremely strong bond. Ribbon comes in seven rich and vibrant colors including yellow, white, black, green, orange, red, and blue. The ribbon will create letters and symbols that will not fade or smudge over time and is especially developed for withstanding the elements of an industrial environment. LabelTac labels will last up to 5 years with outdoor application and even longer when posted inside.

This ribbon can be described as a high-gloss and high-performance film that will be resistant to most oils and greases, aliphatic solvents, weak acids, salts and alkalis. The signs and labels you create with LabelTac 4 Pro Ribbon will also not be compromised under UV rays and fade. LabelTac ribbon is also resistant to temperature, ranging from -40ºF all the way to 176ºF.

The newer LabelTac printer models are designed with a larger capacity for ribbon, and the LabelTac 4 Pro Ribbon comes in spools that are 984-feet long. This means you will only need to switch out the ribbon for every ten rolls of supply used.

LabelTac 4 Pro Ribbon and Supply

To save money and the effort of choosing each specific supply for a labeling project, Creative Safety Supply does offer supply bundles for this very reason! From a rack labeling bundle to 5S, there are several bundles available and each are customizable.

For instance, a pipe marking bundle includes different sizes of supply in yellow, red, green and blue along with a roll of black and white ribbon. The OSHA bundle features solid yellow and orange supply, along with die-cut header supply bearing the following signal words: NOTICE, CAUTION, WARNING, and DANGER. This bundle also comes with a roll of LabelTac 4 Pro ribbon in black.

Another option to using specifically designed ribbon in conjunction with labels is the UltraChem option. The UltraChem ribbon comes in black and the UltraChem supply comes in white. The labels you create with these will be highly resistant to many chemicals including acetone, ethanol, paint thinner, xylene, brake fluid, water, and much more. UltraChem will guarantee your labels will not smudge and smear when faced with chemicals.

The possibilities of labels you can create using the LabelTac 4 Pro ribbon along with the corresponding printer and supply are virtually endless. Whether you’re creating GHS labels or want to mark cables, LabelTac gives you the freedom and creativity to print labels that are perfect for your facility! Contact the labeling experts at Creative Safety Supply for more information, or to answer any questions you may have.

Learning About LabelTac Ribbon

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LabelTac Ribbon

Thermal transfer printing utilizes thermal heating technology to create labels and signs that are guaranteed to last years. The LabelTac printers are a series of industrial labeling printers that produce professional-grade custom labels using thermal transfer printing. During this process, wax is heated and melted off a roll of ribbon onto usually a vinyl label to create an extremely durable bond. When using LabelTac ribbon and LabelTac supply, you can be sure that the labels and signs you print can withstand the conditions of an industrial environment.

Understanding LabelTac Ribbon

In the printing process, the supply is like the paper and the ribbon is considered the ink. LabelTac ribbon is designed to keep text, symbols, and pictures looking crisp in the workplace. The ribbon was developed to not smudge, scratch, or fade over time, whether in outdoors or in a manufacturing facility. For example, if you are printing a “Fire Extinguisher Here” label, the red supply will not bleed into the white ribbon ensuring you a crisp label without pink letters or s smeared fire extinguisher symbol.

Ribbon is made for specific printers and comes in the following seven colors: black, red, white, orange, yellow, green, and blue. The wide array of rich colors offered gives you the opportunity to create a multitude of signs with different colored supply and ribbon used together to produce a contrasting label. Black text will pop on orange labels for caution signs, and white text will stay a bright white on labels and signs.

The newer models of LabelTac printers feature an expanded ribbon capacity, meaning you can load a printer with a 984-foot roll of ribbon for every ten rolls of supply used. When it is time to remove and replace ribbon, the LabelTac printer design makes the process quick and easy. Each printer purchase comes with a ‘starter roll’ of ribbon, and ribbon can be purchased from Creative Safety Supply in either a single roll or as part of a labeling bundle. A pipe supply bundle for example, comes with red, green, yellow, and blue supply along with one roll of black ribbon and one roll of white ribbon.

If you’re looking to add some extra protection to your labels against harsh chemicals, use the UltraChem supply and UltraChem LabelTac ribbon for producing labels ideal for automotive labels, medical/pharmaceutical labels, chemical drum labels, etc. UltraChem is resistant to a variety of chemicals including paint thinner, xylene, acetone, ethanol, brake fluid, etc.

Whether you are looking to add organizational labels or safety labels, the entire LabelTac process ensures these labels will last for years and look great in any work environment. LabelTac ribbon works with LabelTac supply to print words and symbols that will survive looking crisp and professional for many years to come. Purchasing a LabelTac printer includes a lifetime warranty on the printer, associated costs and labor, and you have lifetime support from the labeling experts at Creative Safety Supply.

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