WHAT IS 5S, AND WHY DO WE WANT TO DO IT?


Information presented is summarized from the book "5S for Operators" (see below)

5S represents 5 disciplines for maintaining a visual workplace. These are foundational to Kaizen and a manufacturing strategy based "Lean Manufacturing" concepts. 5S is the starting point for improvement activities that ensure our company’s survival.

The 5 disciplines are:

1.  SORT - Remove all items from the workplace that are not needed for current operations. Leave only the bare essentials.


2.  SET IN ORDER – Arrange needed items so that they are easy to find, use and put away.

3.  SHINE – Sweeping, wiping-off equipment, painting and assuring everything stays clean.

4.  STANDARDIZE – Method to maintain the first 3 disciplines (sort, set-in-order, shine)

5.  SUSTAIN – A top-down support of the ongoing 5S process.


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5S PROJECTS AGENDA

  1. Training on:  What is 5S, and why do we want to do it? (Day 1 only)


  2. Define the target of our 5S project:


  3. Define the schedule for performing our 5S project:


  4. A meeting will be held prior to each day’s activities to plan and schedule what will be done (daily). The conclusions of chapters 3-7 in 5S for Operators handbook will be used to structure each day’s activities.


  5. A wrap-up meeting will be held to review what was accomplished (daily).


  6. Review and document results (at conclusion of 5S project)
  7. Note: "Before" pictures should be taken on day 1

  8. Celebrate conclusion of 5-s effort and results!

    Note: This usually includes a picture board and a tour




Further Resources:


  Excellent book on 5S.  Very readable and complete with lots of examples. The ultimate reference book on 5S.

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