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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

New Wall Mount Tool Control Boards

Need to improve the organization of your tools? Who doesnt? Check out Store-Boards from The 5S Store.

Store-Boards are the easy, custom solution for creating a visual system for your tools. At a glance, see that tools and supplies are in their designated location. Place Store-Boards throughout the facility, near the work area for improved efficiency, effectiveness and safety.

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Added by Community Manager on February 6, 2014 at 12:49pm — No Comments

5S Rewards and Recognition Systems

An often controversial topic is whether to somehow reward employees for their 5S efforts. Personally, I think it can add a little more fun to the program so why not. What do you think?

 

One program idea I've seen work is described below. What works for your program?

 

  1. Using a magnetic white board arrange 4 magnetic document pouches + one for each department
  2. Label the pouches as follows: Ideas/Reviewed/Dept/In Process/Done
  3. Provide…
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Added by David Visco on January 31, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

You're Not Shining Properly

Most companies gloss over the third pillar of a 5S initiative; Shine. They just figure all they need to do is clean up the place. Maybe scrub the equipment, wash the floor, wipe down tables etc. While this is certainly part of the initial Shine step, it's by no means the last. What's critical is to set up a standardized process for keeping that equipment clean and operating properly. To do so, follow these steps;

 

  1. Make a list of all the equipment that needs to be…
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Added by David Visco on January 27, 2014 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Show us your Red Tag Areas and win $25

We're looking for a good Red Tag Area image to add to our training documents. Post the image on here by tommorrow and if we choose your image we'll send you a $25 Amex Gift Card. It doesnt have to be fancy, just a good representation of a Red Tag Area. So, come on, couldnt you use $25??!! You can also just email to me at david.visco@the5sstore.com

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Added by David Visco on January 23, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Avoid this 5S mistake. I wish I did.

When I first began learning about 5S nearly a decade ago we were so eager to begin. I was managing a warehouse at a well known medical device company at the time. Although the warehouse looked great and operated quite efficiently, we could see how 5S would bring it to an entirely new level of excellence. We got to work devloping new materials and process flows, setting everything in order and really cleaning up the place. When we were all done it looked incredible. So much so, that we had a…

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Added by David Visco on January 21, 2014 at 1:27pm — No Comments

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