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Graphic Products Develops Two New Visual Workplace Resources

By Sally Murdoch

Labeling is Key in a Visual Workplace

Visual Workplace is an organizational term many may not yet be familiar with but is gaining in notoriety. Developed by Gwendolyn Galsworth of Portland, Oregon, she defines it as “a self-ordering, self-explaining, self-regulating, and self-improving work environment—where what is supposed to happen does happen, on time, every time, day or night.” In other words, the Visual Workplace model sets standards and offers preciseness in executing these standards, all on its own. It saves money for businesses by implementing efficient waste systems, and by meeting daily performance goals while improving quality.

The Visual Workplace model is designed to share “vital information about the task at hand at-a-glance, without speaking a word,” according to Galsworth. The Visual Workplace accomplishes this by identifying gaps where information is needed and then by using visuals to communicate essential information, circumventing trappings of miscommunications.

The “visual” part of the Visual Workplace is where signs and labels come in, but the concept extends way beyond this. In a new article resource by safety leader Graphic Products, the visual workplace is also pointed to as an ideal model for streamlining workflow which naturally lends its way to safety. In a new article by Graphic Products, called Visual Workplace and Lean Manufacturing, the theory of the Visual Workplace is applied to the lean warehouse.

Benefits of a Visual Workplace

The second resource developed by the safety leader is a new guide from Graphic Products called the Guide to the Visual Workplace. This handy resource makes the most of the lean process by giving you a portable downloadable and complimentary guide at your fingertips. With valuable information for lean and 5S, the visual workplace is made crystal clear with this helpful resource and training tool.

How Does Graphic Products Support the Visual Workplace?

PathFinder wayfinding and floor marking tapes are used to designate “borders” in the Visual Workplace for items like forklift and walking lanes or material and tool storage locations.

In the visual workplace signs identify the steps required to perform tasks, especially to head off wrongdoing at the pass. DuraLabel supplies and accessories are ideal for addresses for the things that reside within borders, bin and rack contents, or to identify tools. A range of tape and ribbon colors allow for color-coding of information.

A variety of DuraLabel tape attachment options like magnetic backing, repositionable tape, or permanent adhesives ensure labels can be placed in the most effective location, temporarily or long-term. Sign customization is often required to note time-sensitive information. DuraLabel Dry Erase Tape works with dry erase markers to indicate data like assets, item history, or expiration dates.

Graphic Products manufactures desktop-based and standalone industrial labeling systems that are capable of printing signs and labels on demand, such as the DuraLabel Toro. The company's industrial label printers like the DuraLabel Toro employ thermal transfer print technology that allows use of DuraLabel vinyl supplies resistant to abrasion, UV light, and common chemicals found in the workplace. This ensures maximum legibility and long service life. The mobility of the battery-powered Toro makes it practical to add or replace workplace labels during the course of a facility inspection.

About Graphic Products

Graphic Products is an innovative leader, providing solutions for safety and visual communication. Founded in Beaverton, Oregon in 1970, Graphic Products places safety and protection of human lives as its number one priority. The company's full line of safety products and services are designed for the modern workforce. Graphic Products leads the industry with safety training materials, educational resources, and up-to-date news and compliance information on topics like arc flash, chemical labeling, and pipe marking. Visit or call 800.788.5572 to improve your facility’s safety and productivity.

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