All Blog Posts (115)

When 5S Fails

I found this article interesting on the concept of how easily it is to kill a 5S program. Have you seen this in your own company? If so, share your experience. 

http://m.industryweek.com/lean-six-sigma/use-housekeeping-kill-5s?NL=I

Added by David Visco on May 10, 2016 at 12:22pm — No Comments

Congratulations to our 5S Best Practices Photo Contest Winner - Alina Kachur

Congratulations to Alina who won a $100 Visa Gift Card for sending in the following 5S improvement. Thanks to everyone that submitted photos. …

Continue

Added by David Visco on May 4, 2016 at 9:42am — No Comments

8 Wastes?! Are there more? Perhaps less?

Here's a new poster  from The 5S Store depicting The 8 Wastes. Curious if you think there are more these 8? Or, for that matter, is 8 too many? …

Continue

Added by David Visco on May 4, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

Conflict is the Root of All Waste

As the VP of the AME Northeast Region #@ameconnect I get to meet thought leaders locally and from around the county. This past Tuesday Scott Gauvin from Macresco provided our AME Members with a fantastic workshop "Conflict is the Root of All Waste". 

Gauvin stated that "for every $10,000 spent on labor, $3500 of it is waste due to unresolved conflict". Throughout the day he…

Continue

Added by David Visco on April 22, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Room reorganization

The former Shipping and receiving office was in neglect and disarray. It is currently used by New Business Development. The room has been recently cleaned and reorganized.

Added by Brian Milligan on April 20, 2016 at 12:23pm — 9 Comments

Why 5S Fails - a quick and easy solution

5S start and stop happens more times than I'd like to admit. I've talked to hundreds of practitioners over the years and most know what the problem is - lack of management support. While this is an obvious answer it's by no means the only one. There are many causes for a 5S program to fail. A significant part of management support that often get's overlooked is the need to hold people accountable. It's the missing ingredient. 

If for example, a manager sees…

Continue

Added by David Visco on April 18, 2016 at 4:39pm — No Comments

The Real Purpose of Visual Management

Great article from the folks at Duggan Associates.

http://www.qualitydigest.com/inside/operations-article/093015-real-purpose-visual-management-tools.html#

Added by David Visco on March 15, 2016 at 8:41pm — No Comments

Significant 5S improvement example but ...

This customer recently went through the first three phases of a 5S initiative:

Sort

Set In Order

Shine

They did a fantastic job! The owners of the company were involved and really got behind the initiative  - A key ingredient for 5S success which is unfortunately missing from many 5S programs.

Recently, I was going back through some of the before and after images they sent me and noticed something amiss. Can you see what it is? Take a…

Continue

Added by David Visco on February 16, 2016 at 5:47pm — No Comments

5S in the Office - a disaster waiting to happen

A customer reached out to me the other day to ask if there was a 5S rule on employees having pictures of family members on their desks and work area. Her guess was that it's not allowed. 

Talk about the potential for giving 5S a bad name. Wow! "it's not allowed?!" This goes to a much deeper issue regarding the benefit of 5S in…

Continue

Added by David Visco on September 11, 2015 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Secret ingredient for 5S Success

It's been a strong belief of mine for quite some time that one of the secret ingredients needed for 5S Success is Accountability. Managers all the way up the chain have to hold their direct reports accountable for abiding by the 5S standards. For example, if a Warehouse Supervisor sees a subordinate place a pallet jack two feet away from the taped out, pre-determined and labeled location that Supervisor MUST pull that subordinate aside and speak to him/her. The second that the Supervisor…

Continue

Added by David Visco on August 21, 2015 at 12:38pm — No Comments

Quick 5S question that will prove valuable to you

I'm curious to learn what everyone's most significant 5S challenge is. With regards to your 5S program please fill in the blanks in the sentence below. I'll respond with potential solutions and share the results. 

Here's the sentence:

"If I could just (fill in the blank) but I can't because (fill in the blank)"

For example:

If I could just get my 5S audits done but I can't because I simply don't have the…

Continue

Added by David Visco on May 29, 2015 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

10 tips to liven up standardized work

Our employees are responsible for the team’s success and management is responsible for its failures; to perform is always to be the best, optimize and do a better job tomorrow. In operations, we use standardized work, among other things, to always go further.

1.       Be accountable for your team’s performance

Originally, the manager generates an economic performance. This isn’t new (enunciated by Pete Drucker in 1954 in his book, Practice of…

Continue

Added by Flexpipe on April 28, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

5S Complacency

What do you do to keep folks from becoming complacent with 5S? I've toured companies that have maintained 5S at a high level while also seeing those that got bored with it. What does your company do to keep people enthusiastic about…

Continue

Added by David Visco on March 12, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Rotten Oranges

I read this interesting analogy the other day in the book Clinical 5S. Humans like to keep areas clean that they have personally invested time cleaning. On the same note a dirty area can spread to other areas. Consider what happens if you add a rotten orange into a basket of good oranges. In no time, the good oranges will turn rotten. Same concept applies to 5S and the workplace. Get rid of your rotten oranges and then maintain it to keep everything looking clean and orderly. If you allow…

Continue

Added by David Visco on March 10, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Using color coded cleaning equipment along with tool shadow boards is a great method for organizing your shop floor and sustaining your 5S Shine program. Our Custom Project Experts can help you easil…

Using color coded cleaning equipment along with tool shadow boards is a great method for organizing your shop floor and sustaining your 5S Shine program. Our Custom Project Experts can help you easily design these boards and help you develop a color coded program. Learn more…

Continue

Added by David Visco on March 3, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Improve your Shine program

Using color coded cleaning equipment along with tool shadow boards is a great method for organizing your shop floor and sustaining your 5S Shine program. Our Custom Project Experts can help you easily design these boards and help you develop a color coded program. Learn more…

Continue

Added by David Visco on March 3, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

We all want to be validated

"On the last episode of her show, Oprah Winfrey said that after 25 years of interviews the one thing all of her guests had in common was the need to be validated. Recognition is an inherent need in all of us. Awards are badges of honor, they are acknowledgements before your peers that you did something better than everyone else." From They Can't Eat You by Marc Sparks.

How are you going to award your best performers? It doesn't take a lot of effort on your part however the results are…

Continue

Added by David Visco on February 23, 2015 at 11:45am — No Comments

The KEY to Sustaining

Accountability is key to sustaining any improvement. As John Maxwell, Leadership Guru, states "It's pretty tough to encourage accountability if no one knows what he or she is responsible for. Take away any confusing gaps in responsibility, and your people will adapt to new roles and grow in their current ones. The entire team will benefit. People are more likely to own up to a problem when they know what they own." 

Added by David Visco on February 11, 2015 at 9:36am — No Comments

How to reduce forklift accidents

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that there are 34 900 serious injuries, including 85 fatal accidents per year in the Unites States involving forklifts. 11% of all forklifts will be involved in some type of accident each year and the manufacturing industry is the most affected with 42.5% of fatal accidents.

Many work-related factors can cause accidents with forklift trucks, such as lack of training, poor maintenance, blocked vision, improper backing,…

Continue

Added by Flexpipe on January 26, 2015 at 12:56pm — No Comments

Making 5S Stick in Your Shop

Here's a great article I came across from over a decade ago regarding sustaining 5S programs. The fundamentals are the same today as they were back then. Simple and straight forward. I'm particularly fond of # 4. Enjoy and please share your feedback and input. 

Happy New Year

David Visco

5S Best Practices

Columns From: 7/1/2004 Modern Machine Shop, Wayne Chaneski

I…

Continue

Added by David Visco on December 30, 2014 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Sponsored by

Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

© 2017   Created by Community Manager.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service