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A concept developed in Japan, KAIZEN refers to the continuous improvement of in-house processes or products by way of a number of small steps. Excellence is not the result of a sudden innovation, but rather of an unspectacular, step-by-step striving for perfection. Consider this example: uncluttered storage that enables a quick visual check and ready access to tools is an important aspect of any work process, but achieving effective improvements in this area is often laborious and expensive. KAIZEN foam inserts for tool drawers are an answer to this challenge. The foam can be cut to the depth and form required for each tool; this huge flexibility makes it easy for you to progressively tidy your tool drawers. In calling this product "KAIZEN foam", the US manufacturer FastCap, for one, shows they're convinced it's the answer. The key feature is the mat’s layered structure. Once you have carved out the shape for a specific tool you remove individual layers one by one, down to the depth required to accommodate the tool.
KAIZEN Foam Each foam mat measures 120 x 60 cm. The individual layers are approx. 4 mm thick and they are glued together only lightly so it is easy to remove them layer by layer to the required depth once they have been cut. It is also possible to create a multi-level bed for a tool such as the brass mallet (in the picture to the left) where the handle needs less depth than the head. Two-tone mats are also available; this could make visual checks more effective (see picture at the bottom of the page).
This video will captivate and inspire you. The images are self-explanatory. Not only can you view numerous application examples, but you also see how it’s done - sometimes with astonishing effect. The film also shows how two mats are bonded together. You’ll need two-sided adhesive tape (not included with product).