Shadow Boards

Shadow Boards - A Highly Visual System for your Tools.

Atesco Industrial Hygiene has been leading the way in implementing shadow boards as an integral part of continuous improvement, 5S and Lean Management initiatives throughout the Food Supply Chain.


Atesco Industrial Hygiene custom made Shadow Boards can play a fundamental role in helping you:

1. Increase awareness of hygiene,
2. Segregate your utensils (allergens, food- and non-food contact, etc.),
3. Improve work efficiency,
4. Extend the lifetime of the work tools,
5. Reinforce color-coding policies

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1. Shadow Boards - general information.
2. Before you order
3. How to order
4. FAQ

1. Shadow Boards - General Information

A "Shadow Board" or "Store-Board" is a tool organizer. The silhouettes of your tools are color printed on a Plastic or Aluminum panel. All our boards are laminated with "Anti-scratch" and Chemical-resistance lamination film.
The boards can be mount directly on the wall as a "static tool station" or a mobile tool station" mounted on a stainless steel frame on wheels.

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The Shadow Boards ensures that cleaning tools are well stored in a highly visible way as a part of the 5S System (designation of fixed location).
Your employees will work in a more organized way not wasting time searching for a tool, or thinking about where to place them on the board.
The Shadow Boards are also your marketing tools. They show your visitors/auditors that your workplace is well organized.

What is the 5S System?

The 5 System (program) is a lean production tool that improves productivity and efficiency in your workplace.



The main 5S program benefits:

1. Improve hygiene and hygiene awareness
2. Improve the effectiveness of your food safety programs (SQF, HACCP),
3. Makes your workplace well organized and safe


2. Before you order

What do you need to know before you place an order for Shadow Boards?

1. Select all items for each Shadow Board

That is the first crucial step. To calculate the size of each board, you have to know what types of items (all dimensions needed) you need to hang on your board.

2. Search for an area where you want to mount your Shadow Boards.

You need to find a designated space for your Shadow Boards. We advise you to take your time to find the most suitable place for your Shadow Boards. They should be visible and accessible to reach. If you cannot find a designated place on your wall(s), then we can offer another solution:

-Static Shadow Board mounted on Stainless Steel frame, or Mobile Shadow Board mounted on Stainless Steel frames on wheels.

* All our Shadow Boards are custom made, we can help you find the best solution that meets your specific requirements.*

3. How would you like your Shadow Board(s) to be displayed?

a. Direct to the wall (direct-mount)


b. On a static Stainless Steel electropolished frame.

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c. Stainless Steel mobile Shadow Boards on FDA approved wheels.



Our Aluminum panel Shadow Boards are mounted on Stainless Steel 304 grade (food grade), electropolished frame with FDA approved White wheels with Brakes. For an easy assembly and reduced shipping costs, our mobile frames are delivered in kits.

4. Select Material for Shadow Boards



a. Aluminum Composite panel ("Sandwich panel") b. Sintra PVC foam
  • A panel, in which two flat aluminum sheets are bonded
    to a plastic core,
  • Very strong and rigid,
  • Ideal for mobile Shadow Boards, or mounted on frames,
  • Anti-scratch laminated for extra protection.
  • A lightweight and rigid board made of expanded
    closed-cell PVC
  • Available in different thicknesses
  • Direct digital printing.
  • Anti-scratch laminated for extra protection.

5. The Color of your Shadow Board.

Take in mind what you would like to have displayed on the board, and we will do it for you. All you need to do it is: provide your choice of color for your board (background), and a color for the silhouette (shadow) of your tools.





6. How do you want to hang your items on the board?

We offer you the following solutions:

a. Plastic hooks and holders on an Aluminum rail or mount directly on board.

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c. Stainless Steel Single, Double hooks, and Pail-hangers to mount directly on the board.



7. Your heading and other text.

Think about your Shadow Board's title(s) (E.g. "Sanitation Tools", "Wet Cleaning", "Food Contact Only",...) or add text and company logo - that is ALL we offer to you for FREE!
Below a few examples:

The name of your cleaning station.


The name of your tools and articles codes for easy reordering.

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Additional instruction


3. How to order

There are two simple steps to ordering your Shadow Boards.

1. Get a FREE Quotation in 24 hours.

Your email with a request for a quote should contain the following information:

    • Specify your utensils per board
    • Item article number (name of the producer, brand, and model), or
    • Tool pictures with exact dimensions (length, width)
    • Choose your Shadow Board material: Aluminum composite or PVC Sintra,
    • Select a hanging system for your tools if you need them.

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2. Order process.

    • Based on your quote you can place an order.
    • After receiving your payment (custom made, special order), the design process will start.
    • All draft artwork will be sent by email for your remarks and approval. The first artwork will usually be sent within 48 hours.
    • Once we have received your final approval, the production process will start immediately, and it will take practically 3 - 5 days.
    • All Shadow Boards will be checked by QC, packed and shipped to your location in the best way. If you need them faster, please call us at 604 496 2004

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