5 Reasons for 5S Summary

[tweetmeme]5S is named for its 5 steps: Sort, Set, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain and is more than window dressing. 5S will bring several benefits to John’s plant and your workplace. Let’s look at the benefits to John’s team as they implement 5S.

1. Housekeeping and Organization – When John’s team has Sorted out the unneeded parts and supplies (1st S), they de-clutter their workplace. This enables them to Set Locations and Limits (2nd S). At this point, the team has a place for everything and everything in its place. John’s team will not be wasting valuable line time looking for change parts during the next changeover since they have a defined location for the change parts.

2. Losses & Waste are Visible – The team will find abnormalities as they clean with a purpose. They find defects while cleaning to inspect as they Shine and Sweep (3rd S).

3. Continuous Improvement – Standardizing (4th S) enables everyone to follow these best practices. You should not expect consistent results when the practices are not standardized and you cannot consistently improve without standardization.

4. Structure and Discipline – John’s team gains structure and develops self-discipline as they build systems to Sustain (5th S) their 5S initiative. Sustaining 5S can be the most difficult step and it will not be successful without structure and discipline.

5. Pride & Ownership – John’s team finds that they have increased ownership since they have more invested in their work environment and they find gratification because they can make a difference.

This summary is an excerpt from 5 Reasons for 5S posted on A Lean Journey. [tweetmeme]

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About Christian Paulsen

Christian Paulsen is an Executive Consultant with 20 years of Lean Manufacturing. Chris adds value to organizations by driving process improvement and bottom line savings. Chris intends to help others by sharing the lessons learned after a quarter century of operational leadership, marriage, parenting, and even longer as a Cubs fan. Your comments on this blog are welcome. You can also connect with Chris via LinnkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook in the right sidebar. Chris welcomes your comments. Christian's professional services are available by contacting him through LinkedIn (right side bar)
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