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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,…

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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

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

Shining is to make problems obvious

With clutter gone and the storage area organized, the next step is to properly and thoroughly clean and paint equipment and work areas. This step is critical as a way of sustaining the improvements begun in the Sort and Set phases. Initial painting and cleaning requires a blitz task outside regular working hours, but after that a daily routine should be established. The entire team should participate in cleaning - but make sure that every team has adequate cleaning supplies and equipment;…

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Added by Flexpipe on December 10, 2014 at 2:02pm — No Comments

The ONE Thing needed for 5S Success

I'll never ever forget this one experience at a previous employer of mine. I had been promoted to a new role in a new department. I was in the job less than a week and showed up at the weekly Friday staff meeting with eight team members. My boss said to me, "David, please pass out the production report so we can review the numbers". I looked up in confusion not realizing it was my responsibility. He looked around the table at the rest of the group and slammed his fists on the table and…
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Added by David Visco on October 27, 2014 at 10:36am — No Comments

visit us at The Northeast Shingo Conference

Stop by our booth at the Northeast Shingo Conference Oct 1 and 2nd in Springfield, Mass. All the details can be found here. http://www.northeastleanconference.org/

 

I hope to see you there.

 

Best Wishes


David Visco

5S Best Practices

Added by David Visco on September 22, 2014 at 10:32am — No Comments

A case for 5S and Tool Control

Today while touring a manufacturing facility I was shown the below image. As the story goes, the President of the company was looking for a tool in the cluttered Tool Shop area. After searching for quite some time, he eventually found the tool he was looking for only to discover it was broke. In his frustration he whipped it across the room resulting in the tool shadow you see below. The tool is still stuck in the wall. We laughed about the incident and I had to admit I'd never seen tool…

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Added by David Visco on September 2, 2014 at 4:15pm — No Comments

5S Webinar subject

What subject would interest you for a 20 - 30 minute FREE 5S Webinar? Let us know and we'll tally the data and develop the webinar from one of our 5S Experts.

Added by David Visco on August 18, 2014 at 11:50am — 3 Comments

Creating Visual Management Systems

AME is hosting a Creating Visual Management Systems workshop on September 4th at General Cable in Manchester. General Cable has a fantastic visual management system. Here are the details. Make sure to stop by and say "hi" to me. Click here for more details

 

 

Added by David Visco on August 4, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

New Consulting Division from The 5S Store

We are pleased to announce that we now offer Lean, Process Innovation and Business Consulting Services. Learn more

 

The 5S Store has grown to be the leading provider of 5S / visual management supplies and custom point of use solutions, and we have added a full-service on-site consulting division.

 

Consulting Services Include:

  • 5S on-site training and plant level program design /…
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Added by David Visco on July 24, 2014 at 10:39am — No Comments

Shadow Boards -Making Foam Boards

Ive seen lots of ways to make foam shadow boards, from Xacto knives to a hot blade on a electric heat knife. Both are messy, dangerous, and take lots of time.

I've even used vacuum forming for small tools, lots of work.

Does anyone have other experiences that save time?

Added by Michael Toussaint on June 20, 2014 at 11:16pm — 4 Comments

5S Rewards Program

Does your company have a rewards and recognition program for your 5S initiative? If so, how does it work? What have seen that works well and what improvement suggestions do you have? Thanks for sharing.

 

David Visco

5S Best Practices

 

Added by David Visco on May 22, 2014 at 9:29am — 2 Comments

Tip for a Successful Red Tag program

Often times, the initial red tag event is one with energy and success. The team gets together and removes a bunch of junk and unecessary items from the area. Common practice is to move it all off to a designated Red Tag Area where decision makers will disposition the items. Regretably, the first go around is also the last. The Team fails to designate an owner to the area with the sole responsibility to ensure materials are moving out of the area on a timely basis.

For the red tag…

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Added by David Visco on May 19, 2014 at 12:20pm — 1 Comment

Sustaining Workshop

Montreal, May 31. A Sustain Lean Workshop led by Mike McCarthy, the author of Sustain Your Gains - The People Side of Lean - Six Sigma. 

 

"One of the most common complaints heard during a lean transformation is 'We cannot seem to sustain the changes that have been made," from a 2012 newsletter of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence. 

 

Find out how to prevent the waste of unsustained gains in this workshop,presented as part of the Institute of Industrial…

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Added by David Visco on May 14, 2014 at 1:33pm — No Comments

Have you thought about the efficiencies you would gain if you could make your order packing stations and shipping workstations totally mobile and portable in your warehouse? Converting a stationary w…

Have you thought about the efficiencies you would gain if you could make your order packing stations and shipping workstations totally mobile and portable in your warehouse? Converting a stationary workplace to a mobile one is an easy, economical way to increase productivity.

Businesses that convert to mobile computer cart workstations report higher capacities, reduced infrastructure costs, and more productive employees. Used by Amazon, TJ Maxx, MSC to improve their…

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Added by David Visco on May 13, 2014 at 3:35pm — No Comments

Weekly Tip for 5S Launch Success - Tip # 3

At some point, you'll be ready to get your hands dirty and jump in with the group to Set things in Order. In my opinion, this is where the fun is. Tackling an area and process to make it better for the group - it doesnt get much better. However, the preparation for this step is critical to it's success. Here are some tips to make sure you're as prepared as possible:

 

Take plenty of before pictures

A few weeks before the scheduled event create a spaghetti diagram of the…

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Added by David Visco on April 1, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Great tool for you to remove wasteful steps

One of the most wasteful processes on the shop floor is walking from one process to the other. Putting material and information at point of use will dramatically reduce this waste. One solution, a mobile, battery powered workstation works particularly well in warehouse and quality inspection departments.

 

Labeling is a typical function in warehouses and incoming inspection departments. More often than not, the computer stations are quite a distance from where the labeling…

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Added by David Visco on March 31, 2014 at 10:47am — No Comments

Weekly Tip for 5S Launch Success - Tip # 2

Weekly “Tip for 5S Launch Success”

Tip # 2: Following on last week’s post about making sure everyone know’s not to disturb you during your 5S implementation it’s critical for the leader of the group to do lead by example. No cell, no leaving the team, no taking calls, no meetings, nothing, no disturbances. The team will follow your lead. Remember that you are always on stage as a leader so Lead!

Do you have any 5S Launch Tips for your fellow readers? If so, share them…

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Added by David Visco on March 11, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Tips for 5S Launch Success - Tip #1

5S is actually quite simple to implement. Even so, there are steps you can take to improve your chance of success.  Each week, we'll post another "Tip for 5S Launch Success"

Tip # 1: inform all other departments about your implementation plan. Make it clear that you nor your team are to be disturbed during these times. Idea: Get a “5S Men At Work” sign and put it in the area when you’re in the midst of the event. Make sure…

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Added by David Visco on March 4, 2014 at 11:28am — No Comments

Red Tags in a Box

Check out these convenient Red Tags by the Roll in a portable dispenser. To learn more click here http://www.the5sstore.com/redtaby.html…

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Added by Community Manager on February 26, 2014 at 8:24pm — No Comments

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