We’ll be showing all our true, bright colors at IPPE from 1/31-2/2 in Atlanta! Our experts will be on-hand to talk about the value of color-coding your operations and how our hygienically designed tools are different. You’ll also be able to see our nine distinct colors on some of our most popular Remco and Vikan tools. From orange to purple, and from yellow to pink, we can help you make your organization safer and more colorful.
Color coding can be used to:
1. Provide zone control. Different colors can be assigned to each step in the process, or by manufacturing lines. In the meat industry, many choose to use red tools in the raw prep areas and white for finished products. This is also useful for protecting against allergen cross-contact and can be an important part of an HACCP plan.
2. Increase traceability. When colors are assigned to zones, confirming that a tool is misplaced is easy, and tracing it back to its point of origination is quick. This level of traceability can translate to the prevention of costly recalls.
3. Divide workspaces. For example, red could be used by first shift, while blue could indicate second shift. Using color-coding to designate workspaces in this way can be particularly helpful to companies that closely monitor tool and equipment costs. The result can be a reduced incidence or misuse of tools in unapproved areas, as well as fewer lost or misplaced items.
4. Facilitate 5S Systems. This system works by promoting five pillars: sort, set in order, shine, standardize and sustain. If followed, a workplace should be completely organized at all times. The 5S System recommends integrating color cues throughout a work process or facility in order to reduce waste and optimize productivity. The color-coding promotes a workplace culture where tools and supplies are placed where they are needed and are well-maintained for longevity of use. Color-coded tools intuitively complement and support the goals of a 5S workplace.
5. Separate cleaning and sanitation. Black is commonly used to identify cleaning tools used on floors and around drains. Other colors can designate tools that are appropriate for sanitizing food contact surfaces, or to differentiate among tools that are specified for use with particular chemical agents. This can also help prevent using a powerful cleaner on the wrong equipment.
Remco representatives will be happy to answer all your color-coding questions at IPPE, as well as help you determine if it’s the right choice for your facility. We will have products on display, and we’ll proudly tell you what makes our hygienically designed, color-coded tools unique within the industry. If you’re unable to attend IPPE or you have questions before the show, please contact our customer service representatives here.