What is 5s?

About 5S

5S means having an organized workplace, in order to identify sources of  waste. This is a first step to develop stability in a process.

5S is a Japanese concept which is practiced in normal life, and its main scope is to guide the correct behaviour and spot abnormalities.

Japanese 5s in real life

Which are the 5S’s of Lean?

  1. Sort (seiri)

  2. Set in order (seiton)

  3. Shine (seiso)

  4. Standardize (seiketsu)

  5. Sustain (shitsuke)

5S Policy

Sustain a safe, clean & organized workplace where deviations are easy to identify

How can we implement 5S? and Which are the benefits of implementing 5S?

Sort (Seiri)

Sort between objects and keep only what’s necessary. (Raw Materials, WIP, Tools, Machinery)

  • Distinguish necessary things from useless things and get rid of the useless objects

  • The main point is to establish rules regarding elimination and how much you can throw away.

Search for the 3 key points: utility, frequency of use and cost.

Set in order (Seiton)

How fast and how easy si it for you to pick up necessary objects?

Identify the location for object placement:

  •  You can’t put things in the zone that’s not implemented for them.

  •  The act of putting objects in a place temporary should be eliminated.

Key points to search for : Economy of movement (Muda)

Shine (Seiso)

The process of shining acts as a form of control that lays out abnormal conditions and pre-fail that can affect quality or the machine’s functionality.

  • Creating systems that keeps the work area clean.

  • Work clothes should be clean.

  • Don’t wear anything that can deteriorate the products.

  • Get enough light. (Darkness hides problems)

Standardize (Seiketsu)

Assure that procedures and settings are uniform throughout the whole operation’s itinerary to promote interchangeable character.

  • Develop a system to easily detect deviations and make visual expectations.

  • Setting standards in the organization’s workplace, anyone from the company can visually inspect any zone of the organization at any time.

  • Develop everyday standard practices.

Sustain (Shitsuake)

Sustaining a stable work environment is a continuous process of continuous improvement.

Key points:

  • Ensuring good conditions for every employee to help them practice what they have learned.

  • Creating a Dashboard for every zone to point out the elementary progress.

  • Implication of people from all company levels.

  • The final responsibility of the 5S Concept implementation is senior management’s.

  • Every day explanation of why 5S basics should be improved.

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