is the 5S Technique?
5S is a
that results in a well-organized workplace complete with visual
and order. It’s an environment that has “a place for everything and
in its place, when you need it”.
produces a workplace
that’s clean, uncluttered, safe and organized. People become empowered,
engaged and spirited. As the workplace begins to “speak”, by linking
and processes, product begins to flow at the drumbeat of the Customer.
for 5 Japanese words that constitute good housekeeping. Roughly
in order (Seiton)
the foundation of excellence in manufacturing. When it is in its place
on the production floor, work gets done efficiently and effectively.
it is not in place, work still gets done – but at a level of cost that
is hard to justify”.
5S is not
a clean-up campaign, it’s a system that allows individuals to work more
efficiently. It requires;
is the key first step in workplace improvement.
ability to see
workplace all items that are not needed for current production (or
means leaving only the bare necessities
in doubt, throw it away
items so that they are readily accessible and labelled so that anyone
find them or put them away.
the work area. The key purpose is to keep everything in top condition
that when someone needs to use something, it is ready to be used.
a work area produces and opportunity to visually inspect equipment,
materials and work conditions.
“normal” condition of the work area. Define how to correct “abnormal”
The standard should be easily understood and easy to communicate (i.e.
to address the root causes of work area organization issues. All
must be properly trained and use visual management techniques.
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