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Wow!  With each improvement made, the GEMBA becomes a little brighter as waste (muda) and disorder are reduced.  Recent 5S tours have been encouraging.  Of course improvement opportunities were spotted and action taken; but for the most apart, we are holding on to improvements you’ve already made during 5S events, etc.

In order to keep improving (TOC step #5), it makes sense to continue follow-ups.  This is the “Sustain” step of 5S. . . .and since the people who work with a process know it best, who better to review progress?   Therefore, each area has been asked to implement a “5S Tour” at least weekly.  Take a good look around...imagine zero waste/zero confusion!

        Ten Kaizen Principles

  1. Get rid of all old assumptions.
  2. Don't look for excuses, look for ways to make things happen.
  3. Say "NO" to the status quo.
  4. Don't worry about being perfect - even if you only get it half right " start NOW!
  5. It does not cost money to do KAIZEN.
  6. If something is wrong "Fix it NOW.
  7. Good ideas flow when the going gets tough.
  8. Ask "WHY" five times - get to the root cause.
  9. Look for wisdom from Ten people rather than one.
  10. Never stop doing KAIZEN.

Lean (just-in-time) Attitude and Practices Summary (MAAW web site)


  • Sort - All unneeded tools, parts and supplies are removed for the area
  • Set in Order - A place for everything and everything is in its place
  • Shine - The area is cleaned as the work is performed
  • Standardize - Cleaning and identification methods are consistently applied
  • Sustain - 5S is a habit and is continually improved

Also - Work areas are safe and free of hazardous or dangerous conditions

More information on 5S.

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See the table below for great links to various topics on Lean.

LEAN TOPICS REFERENCE Comments\Description
5 S CHU 5 S-Sort, set in order, shine, standardize and sustain
5S Basic Training (Powerpoint) TOCFORME 5S Basic Training Powerpoint (1.3Meg file, right click to download)
5S Event Training TOCFORME 5S Event Training Guide
Waste vs value added CHU Principles and categories of waste
Visual controls CHU Improve your operation through the use of visual controls
SMED CHU Set-up reduction - SMED - Single minute exchange of dies
Implementing TOC
info also applies to
Implementing LEAN
(adobe reader file)
MFGEXCELLENCE Info on how to implement and sustain
5S TOCFORME 5S without discipline = ?
5S TOCFORME Importance of 5S
Books on 5S TOCFORME Excellent books-click on the links to Amazon to find out more

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