Our bespoke fabrication service allows your project vision to become reality.

Bespoke factory entrance and PPE boards to inform and protect your staff.

A key element to successful lean manufacturing is compliance with legislation and Health & Safety laws.

Shadow boards and equipment storage boards are used in the manufacturing and service industries.

Our visual management solutions are designed to efficiently communicate data to the relevant people.

5S boards

For businesses looking to encourage greater productivity and improve performance, 5S boards should be a key consideration. This visual sign helps to track progress where you have broken down goals or steps that need to be accomplished. The boards provide a convenient and simple way of visualising this progress so that all employees can feel more vested and kept informed.

What is the 5S process?

The 5S process stands for the five-step process. It is a methodology designed to nurture a more organised and productive work environment or workplace culture. The 5 S’s stand for Sort, Straighten or Set in order, Shine, Standardise, and Sustain. These steps are intended to help businesses become more disciplined to achieve greater improvement, efficiency, and effectiveness. It is a cyclical process that is meant to become a habit as the business continues to assess and improve upon itself.

5S boards provide a visual means to remind employees of this process. They are used to create shadow boards that can be customised in terms of design, size, and colour. Colour coding is a helpful way to create an informative visual effect. Their design can be combined with other signage elements like magnetic labels and document holders for greater versatility.

Incorporating 5S boards in the workplace can allow you to use them for multiple functions including storage and organising workspaces. The boards are often used in janitorial and kitchen areas. Any workspace that makes use of equipment or tools that can cause confusion can benefit from the use of this signage.

Benefits of 5S boards

Easy to understand

S5 boards are designed to be simply identified and understood. They are clearly labelled to help employees understand their purpose and use. They also often incorporate magnetic areas or whiteboards which allow for additional information or updates to be provided, if needed.


5S boards can be made from various materials, with wood, metal and acrylic frames often being the standard. When made from quality materials, they can be highly durable, even where they are frequently having to be handled.


These boards can be customised in an array of designs to accommodate even the hanging of tools or cleaning equipment. They can be colour coded in various colours and labelled. Their designs can also incorporate branding and other messaging to inspire, educate and guide employees. They can also be made for mounting on the wall, to be floor fixed, or as mobile stations. They can also be made single or double-sided.


The use of 5S boards can help to keep the work environment well organised, with everything being in its marked space. This can help improve performance and efficiency as there is little confusion, even with newer employees. There is also likely to be a reduction in the misplacement or loss of items.


These boards also encourage better hygiene when it comes to equipment. There is less risk of cross-contamination due to designated storage and clear labelling that asserts what each item is supposed to be used for. In times such as the pandemic, this kind of organization and clarity helps to reduce the risk that employees will get sick and transmit illnesses. The boards are also made of materials that make them easy to clean and able to tolerate chemical cleaners or sanitisers.

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Plastic Ominium UK & Belgium

Hardy Signs is proud of the longstanding business relationship with Plastic Omnium, the international auto-parts manufacturer based in France.

Over the last 20 years Hardy Signs has provided a variety of services for Plastic Omnium’s several locations in the UK and in 2018 completed a major project in Brussels, Belgium.

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We deliver solutions which reduce waste and create a safer, more efficient, production environment.

Supplying and installing signage for manufacturing organisations over since 1993 has given Hardy Signs the knowledge and expertise to deliver these solutions. Take a look at the examples in the following categories and get in touch today to discuss how Lean Manufacturing signage can help your business:

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With more than 25 years’ at the forefront of the industry, we have the knowledge and experience to successfully deliver the smallest, simple requirements to the largest, most complicated projects.

Our teams are fully trained in electrical and mechanical processes and hold certification in health and safety procedure as well as access machinery and equipment.

Strict planning constraints? High-level access requirements? Hardy Signs is equipped to deal with your project’s unique requirements, ensuring maximum impact with minimum inconvenience.


The solution provided by Hardy Signs could not be more suitable to the task required. From our initial consultation, it was clear that they understand our requirements and had the knowledge and experience to not only design and build the project but to ultimately install it too. We would be quite happy to highly recommend the Hardy Signs team and their services”.

Paul Geaney - Lhoist LTD