A place for everything and everything in its place
The tools and equipment at the space are color coded and/or labeled to make everything easy to find, use and return.
For the purpose of labelling, zone (or area) and sub-zone are defined as following:
- Zone (or area)
- A specialized physical division of the space, each with it's own Area Czar.
- For example: Electronics, Woodworking, Metal Working etc.
- A sub-section or a group of tools within a Zone.
- For example: Within the Metal working Zone, we have different sub-zones like TIG welding sub-zone, lathe sub-zone, Milling sub-zone, etc.
Each zone is assigned a color to be used for labelling the tools and equipment belonging to that zone. The following colors were identified for various zones in discussions with the respective area czars:
|Zone||Color Label||Alpha Label||Permissible Sub-zone labels|
|Hospitality||6 (#490092)||H||H1, H2, H3,...|
|3D Printing/Scanning||15 (#FFFF6D)||P||P1, P2, P3,...|
|Arts and Crafts||14 (#24FF24)||A||A1, A2, A3,...|
|Electronics||4 (#FF6DB6)||E||E1, E2, E3,...|
|Fabric Arts||11 (#920000)||F||F1, F2, F3,...|
|Woodworking||7 (#006DDB)||W||W1, W2, W3,...|
|Metalworking||1 (#000000)||M||M1, M2, M3,...|
|Machining||3 (#009292)||M||M1, M2, M3,...|
|Lasercutting||13 (#DB6D00)||L||L1, L2, L3,...|
|Classroom||C||C1, C2, C3,...|
|Rental Bays||R||R1, R2, R3,...|
For converting these RGB codes to commercial tints, use this resource: http://easyrgb.com/index.php?X=SEEK#Result
The label is wrapped around the tool's handle or affixed to the tool according to the guidelines specified in the #Labelling section.
Notes to Czars and Czarinas:
- Select a zone color that would provide a good contrast against the color of the tools/material normally used in your Area/Zone
- Please use the following 15-color palette to select a color for your Area/Zone
A Label consists of the following components:
- Primary identification: Identifies Zone
- A solid color representing the assigned zone (see #Zone Colors), filling the entire band or sticker used for labelling
- It should be prominent and clearly identifiable from a distance of 6 feet
- Secondary identification: Optionally identifies sub-zone within a Zone
A secondary mark (in the shape of a contrasting colored inlaid solid circle or square)
- A secondary 2 character alphanumeric code inside an inlaid circle on primary band
- First character identifying the zone, with an alphabetic character
- Second character identifying the sub-zone, with a numerical character
- Example: Within Woodworking (W) zone, we may have W1, W2, and W3 for zones corresponding to, say, Table saw (1), Planer (2), and Joiner (3), respectively.
- It is optional, at the discretion of the Area Czar
- It should not overpower the primary identification
- It should be prominent only when the tool is in close proximity
The labeling material used should be resilient enough to sustain normal usage of the tools and equipment. Area Czar/Czarina may identify the material to be used for the tools in their respective areas.
- The label should be clearly visible
- It should not interfere with the normal usability and safety of the tool
- Mobile tools
- a colored band is applied to tool
- Fixed tools
- a rectangular KM inventory sticker with zone color and tool name is affixed to the tool