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Visual systems supplies that deliver results ... fast!

This online catalog lists all of our visual systems supplies. For pricing, click the "Order Form & Prices" link above. For questions, email

Problem Tags (Item # 001)

Two-part, day-glo orange, heavy card-stock tags (3" x 9") used to identify specific equipment problems. Also available in Spanish (#039) or Tyvek® (Item #015). Sold in bundles of 50. Pre-printed wtih five-digit sequential numbers. For a closer view of the tags, click here. For a closer view of the tags in Spanish, click here.

Opportunity Tags (Item # 014)

Two-part, day-glo green, heavy card-stock tags (3" x 9") for identifying equipment improvement opportunities. Also available in Spanish (#040) or Tyvek® (Item #056). Sold in bundles of 50. Pre-printed wtih five-digit sequential numbers. For a closer view of the tags, click here. For a closer view of the tags in Spanish, click here.

Tyvek® Weatherproof Tags (Item # 015 and 056)

Designed for rugged environments, such as offshore oil platforms. Rip-proof with metal grommet for attaching to equipment with wires (included) or nylon ties (can be ordered separately; see Item # 003 below). Use a permanent ultra fine-point marker. Same size as our regular Problem and Opportunity Tags (3" x 9"). Sold in bundles of 50. Pre-printed with five-digit sequential numbers.

Red Move Tag

Red "Move" Tags (Item # 055)

Designed for tagging items that are no longer needed for production. Preprinted with space for identifying where the item was found, what it is, and what to do with it. Sold in bundles of 50 with cotton strings attached.

Clear Reclosable Envelopes (Item # 002)

Just the right size (4" by 4") to enclose the top half of our tags so it can be hung on equipment that is prone to getting wet or oily.

Nylon Ties (Item # 003)

5" nylon ties work great when punched through the plastic above the zipper lock of the reclosable envelopes and pulled tight to the equipment. Great for hanging Problem or Opportunity Tags in harsh environments. 

More Marked Gauges

Gauge Marking Labels (Item # 016)

Identify acceptable or dangerous operating ranges on gauges.

Comes in 9" x 10" red, green, and yellow transparent, adhesive polyester sheets, which you can easily cut to fit your needs.

Proven to withstand harsh environments both indoors or outside, the material has a service temperature range of -40 F to 302 F.

Paint Pens (Item # 004)Paint Pens

Marking gauges, bolts, nuts, or lube points is easier with these fast-drying, permanent, high-gloss, felt-tip markers.

Available in white, yellow, red, orange, green, black, and blue lead-free colors.

Colored Vinyl Tape (Item # 005)

Marking travel limits, parts, or gauges is easier with this ¾"-wide, heavy-duty vinyl tape. Available in red, green, yellow, white, blue, purple, and orange in 7 mil, 20-yard rolls.

Temp Strip

Temperature Indicating/Recording Strips (Item # 006)

Monitor bearings and other temperature-sensitive parts with these stick-on calibrated tapes. White heat-sensitive areas are calibrated to specific temperature levels that turn permanently black when exceeded.

170º to 240º F (in 10º increments) 130º to 190º F (in 10º increments)

Grease Fitting Caps (Item # 012 and 013)

Grease CapsThese colored plastic caps snap securely over standard SAE J534 grease fittings (Zerk fittings) to seal out dirt and moisture. Made of low-density polyethylene, they will withstand temperatures up to 175-degree F.

Large caps (Item # 012) are heavy duty with a 1-inch retainer strap. Small caps (Item # 013) are lighter weight with a quarter-inch retainer strap.

Available in bags of 100 caps, all one color. Choose large or small caps in red, blue, yellow, or green. Large caps are also available in black and white.

Zebra Cards (Item # 022)Zebra Card In Use

When cut to size (only about an eighth of an inch strip is needed) and placed behind fluid level sight gauges, the actual levels can be seen easily and quickly from a distance. In many cases, flashlights are no longer needed to see the fluid in old, discolored tubes. You´ve got to see it to believe it! Comes in a 9" x 12" sheet. 

Visual Oil Test Card (Item # 023)

These cards provide a quick and easy way to determine the cleanliness of engine, compressor, and gear box lubricants. Handy spaces on the card help you track equipment history. Just place a drop of oil on the card, place it in the protective cover, and seal. Wait 15 minutes to see the amount of solids in the oil.

Note: The oil test cards will work with any fluid to show particulate, impurities, and contamination. This is a "visual" inspection card. It will not help with viscosity or additives.

Motor Target

Motor Shaft Targets (Item # 024)

Prevent false "brinelling" of the bearing races in fans, motors, and gear boxes in storage.

Stick to the ends of the shaft or armature with double-sided foam tape. Rotate three to five full turns then stop with the next number at the top.

Easy to spot the same colors on all devices in storage.

Torque Seal

Torque Seal (Item # 026)

Torque SealThese tubes of bright inspection lacquer allow you to visually detect vibration loosening on fittings, nuts, parts, baseplates, and assemblies. Apply a small amount of the compound when everything is in the proper position and tightened, and the seal will become brittle and crack when it moves. Inspectors can visually detect any movement. Excellent adhesion to all metals and most other surfaces. Dries fast. Half-ounce tubes are available in six high-visibility colors: orange, red, lemon, green, yellow-orange, and pink. (This item must ship via ground; overnight shipping not available.)

*This product has a shelf life of six months. Store in a dark place.

*This product is considered a hazardous material and can only ship via ground service. Download MSDS sheet


Checkpoint Nut & Bolt Indicators (Item # 062)

Nuts and bolts very rarely vibrate tight. They almost always vibrate loose, and that can cause serious damage, failures, accidents, or environmental incidents. This unique product helps you spot nuts and bolts that
may be vibrating loose. Checkpoint indicators are a highly visible, highly durable, generally reusable, visual
system that snaps on the hex heads of threaded fasteners. Use inside or outside, in any weather conditions, on
fixed or mobile equipment. Save time and money and prevent failures and leaks the easy way with Checkpoint indicators. Just tighten and properly torque your threaded fasteners and snap a Checkpoint indicator on each bolt or nut. Align them pointing to each other or all pointing to the center and walk away. When making rounds, anyone (even visitors) can see if the fasteners have started vibrating loose without the use of a wrench.
Couldn’t be easier! Available in the following sizes: 17 mm, 19 mm, 22 mm, 24 mm, 29 mm, 32 mm, 33 mm, 36 mm, and 38 mm.

Vibration Analysis Target Labels (Item # 031)

These handy labels are used to properly identify each vibration analysis point on the surface of your equipment. The label provides a space for identifying the point with a permanent felt-tip pen and comes with a clear protective label overlay. Both labels are made of a thin harsh-condition material that withstands weather, oil, grease, chemicals, solvents, and temperatures from –50º to +275º F.

Vibration Analysis Pickup Discs (Item # 032)

These corrosion-resistant discs can be attached to motors, gear boxes, bearing housings, and other equipment to provide flat and positive mounting locations for magnetic pickups (transducers, accelerometers). They are about .082 inches thick and 1.06 inches in diameter and are made of 410 stainless steel. Note: The discs should be glued with a high-strength, hard-setting epoxy such as Loctite 330 ("Depend") as included in the kit listed below (Item #033).

Vibration Analysis Pickup Discs and Mounting/Labeling Starter Kit (Item # 033)

The ultimate vibration analysis pickup disc starter kit includes 30 Target Labels, 30 Pickup Discs, 30 ml. Loctite 330 glue and activator, 10 alcohol wipes for surface preparation, and complete instructions.

Large Vibration Analysis Pickup Discs and Mounting/Labeling Starter Kit (Item # 035)

300 Target Labels, 300 Pickup Discs, 250 ml. Loctite 330 glue and activator, alcohol wipes for surface preparation, and complete instructions.

NumbersNumbering Labels (Item #s 036, 037, and 038)

Peel-off laminated polyester number sets have three cards each 0 through 4 and two cards each 5 through 9. Black numbers on a yellow background. Ideal for environments where the numbers will be exposed to moisture, dirt, oils and mild solvents. Appropriate for application to flat or near flat surfaces that are clean before application. Not designed to be re-positionable because the adhesive bond strengthens, making them difficult to remove. Can be used indoors or out.

Available in the following sizes: 5/8" (Item # 036), 1" (Item # 037), and 2" (Item # 038)

Visual Systems Sample Kit (Item # 045)

Sample KitNot sure which visual supplies to use? We have assembled an assortment of our most popular supplies. This kit (#045) allows you to demonstrate the "visual" possibilities in your training sessions.

Includes: 5 Problem Tags, 5 Opportunity Tags, 5 Tyvek® Problem Tags, 5 Tyvek® Opportunity Tags, 5 Move Tags, 1 paint pen, a sample of our vinyl tapes, 1 temperature strip, 6 large grease fitting caps, 4 small grease fitting caps, a sample of our gauge labels, a sample of our Zebra Card, 5 Visual Oil Test Cards, 1 Vibration Analysis Target Label, 1 Vibration Analysis Pickup Disc, a sample of our numbering labels, 1 Spanish Problem Tag, 1 Spanish Opportunity Tag, and 1 tube of torque seal.

Visual Systems Starter Kit (Item # 052)

Just beginning with visual systems on your equipment? We have assembled some basics to get you started. Our Starter Kit (#052) contains plenty of basic supplies for you to begin marking, tagging, labeling and color-coding your equipment, making it easier to inspect and easier to maintain. Comes in a handy plastic carrying case.

Includes: 10 Tyvek Problem Tags, 10 Tyvek Opportunity Tags, 10 nylon ties, 25 Problem Tags, 25 Opportunity Tags, 10 Move Tags, 10 reclosable baggies for tags, 2 paint pens, 1 roll of colored vinyl tape, ANSI color codes, 2 Sharpie© permanent markers, 4 ballpoint pens for tags, 4 temperature strips, 60 large grease fitting caps, 40 small grease fitting caps, 3 sheets of gauge marking labels, 1 tube of torque seal, 10 visual oil test cards, 1 Zebra card, 1 copy of Lean Machines for World-Class Manufacturing and Maintenance, 5 Vibration Analysis Pickup Discs with labels, and 30 lube labels.

PocketsSet of 5 Plastic Tag Pockets (Item # 046)

Our Problem Tags and Opportunity Tags are used to flag the locations of items needing improvement right on the equipment. We have developed a set of high-impact plastic tag pockets to hold the bottom parts of the tags. These pockets (3.5" x 4.75" x 1.5") can be attached to your "action boards" or walls with screws or the included double-stick tape. This set of five individual pockets comes with labels for you to attach: Tags, Mechanical to Do, Electrical to Do, In Progress, Done.

Plastic Tag Pocket (Item # 047)

These high-impact plastic pockets are the same as in the set of five above (3.5" x 4.75" x 1.5"). They are sold individually and without labels so you can create your own "action board" arrangement.


Lube Labels
Large grease fitting caps (#012), lube point labels (#048), and small grease fitting caps (#013)

Lube Point Labels (Item # 049)

Create your own lubrication point labels with these colored vinyl dots placed next to grease fittings, filler caps, containers, and reservoirs. These colored 1-inch-diameter self-adhesive labels are the most durable we have found—weather, water, chemical (most), and traffic resistant. Write on them with a fine-point permanent marker, cover with the clear vinyl overlay, stick it on the equipment, and the label is virtually permanent. Available in red, green, yellow, white, blue, orange, and black.

Lube Point Labels (Item # 048)

These labels are the same as Item #049 but without the protective vinyl overlay. Available in red, green, yellow, white, blue, orange, and black.

Grease Gun Sleeve (Item # 050)

Label your grease gun with the colored lube labels (#048 or #049) and the type of grease. Then use these harsh-condition clear shrink-tube sleeves to protect your labeling and provide an easy-to-grip surface. These sleeves are made of polyolefin and are 10 inches long to fit cartridge grease guns. They resist chemicals, oils, sunlight, moisture, and fungus and have excellent flame-retardant, electrical and physical properties. High-temp heat gun required (>121º C) to shrink. Click here to download our procedure for using the grease gun sleeves.

Using Cooling Fan Indicators (Item #057)

Many equipment computers, PLCs, and control cabinets rely on cooling fans to exhaust heat and circulate cooling air. Are the fans working? Are they moving air in the proper direction? Our cooling fan indicators provide an easy to see method to verify proper fan operation. These indicators feature a stainless steel wire for mounting and durable Mylar/polyester strands that indicate airflow. The wire can be slipped behind a fan mount screw or frame, or attached to an “alligator clip” or epoxied to a magnet for ease of relocation. Bend the wire to position the indicator strands in the path of airflow. Airflow is then indicated by the fine strands.

Preventive Maintenance Labels (Item # 058)

Make your PM completion and due dates visible on the machines. Sure, that information is hidden in the maintenance management system. But, labels on the machines serve as a reminder and answers the questions. These 1" x 2 ¼" pre-printed write-on polyester labels use a permanent acrylic adhesive for extra durability. Sold in a pack of 90 labels.

All-Weather Laser Print Labels (Item # 063)
Make your own all-weather labels! These new weather-resistant polyester labels are printable on your color and black-and-white laser printers. The 2.0 mil white gloss polyester backed with a cold-temperature emulsion acrylic permanent adhesive that adheres to sheet plastics/polycarbonates, glass, painted and galvanized metals and more. The service temperature range is from -4°F to 158°F. A removable liner backing allows the sheets to handle well in laser printers. We have tested these labels, printed on our Oki color laser printer in all weather conditions for nine months with no degradation other than a fading of yellow laser printing. Use our free Microsoft Word templates. Prints best in manual sheet feed, straight through. Item 063-1 is 1" circles, 63 labels per sheet. Item #063-2 is 1.375" circles, 30 labels per sheet.

Reference Guides

Based on extensive TPM work with companies around the U.S., we offer these handy Reference Guides.

A Facilitator's Kit for NASCAR: A Model for Equipment Reliability & Teamwork (Item # 051)

Now you can use one of the most powerful examples of NASCAR champions as shown in our exclusive video Uptime Excellence in Action. See how a championship team prepares to win not only a race, not just one championship, but four championships. See how the DuPont #24 car, driven by Jeff Gordon, became a NASCAR dynasty. See the role of teamwork and how it is essential for equipment performance and reliability. Witness the effects of leadership on keeping the team focused, engaged, and on the track to win. This kit (#051) includes: the Uptime Excellence in Action video (29 minutes, VHS or DVD), a facilitator's guide with two-hour and four-hour session outlines, PowerPoint slides linking NASCAR to the six elements of equipment reliability improvement, and participant handout masters. (Note: Sold only as a kit. Items cannot be sold separately.)

Lean Machines for World-Class Manufacturing and Maintenance by Robert M. Williamson (Item # 008-1)

This edition launches the next level of world-class simplicity for modern manufacturing and maintenance. We have collected and explained proven methods for simplifying the interactions between people and machines. Consistent with the principles of Lean Manufacturing, this book emphasizes techniques that eliminate many of the equipment-related wastes in the workplace. If we can apply and use the visuals and minor modifications in the context of Lean, we will be able to reduce operating, manufacturing, and maintenance costs. This book contains hundreds of hints and tips that will improve equipment effectiveness and simplify work. 111 pages

Lean Machines CD PowerPoint Presentation by Robert M. Williamson (Item # 008-2)

We have produced a companion to our Lean Machines book. This presentation is an easy-to-use PowerPoint 2000 CD with more than 100 slides that have been used and continually updated by author Robert M. Williamson for more than six years in his in-plant workshops and seminars. With slides of all of the illustrations and photos contained in our Lean Machines book, this CD is designed to use in group training sessions. With this presentation, you now have access to the many different full-color examples of visual systems as applied in actual industrial settings. Handout materials and facilitator's notes can also be printed from the CD for your classroom use.

Proven Tips for Equipment Troubleshooting by John Robertson (Item #030)

More than 100 pages of problem-solving tips. Use this pocket-size handbook for helping maintenance personnel, operators, reliability technicians, and others understand the many factors that contribute to improved equipment performance and reliability and ultimately lower operating costs. 150 pages

Refund, Return, and Cancellation Policy

Products may be returned within five business days of receipt of order for a full refund minus the cost of shipping. Orders may be cancelled at any time prior to shipment.