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Value of 5S and Visual Management

For the past few weeks I have been thinking about the best way to put a value to a 5S and Visual Management program.  I'm sure if you've scoured the internet for the ROI of a 5S program like I have, you have found numerous posts about the difficulty of justifying a workplace organization system based upon ROI alone. 

The metrics that I am working with to better place a value on 5S and Visual management are:

1 - Time saved from a decrease in searching for materials, tools, and…

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Added by Wesley Connell on January 17, 2012 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Should there be a 6th S or is it naturally part of 5s?

I meet many folks at Lean conferences that walk by our 5S Store booth and suggest we change our name to The 6S Store to include Safety as their company has done. My take has always been that a solid 5S program will naturally improve safety. I'm a traditionalist and prefer to keep the original 5S format. Moreover, I think Safety is so ultimately important that it should be on it's own. What are your thoughts?

Added by David Visco on November 16, 2011 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

5S Challenges

You will face many challenges implementing and sustaining a 5S System. One of those is that a 5S System represents change. One way to make the change easy for employees it to use a slow and steady method if implementation.

The first thing to remember is there is no cookie cutter solution when it comes to developing and implementing a 5S System. Each organization is different as are the people who work in them. You must examine how your organization works and tailor your 5S System to…

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Added by Community Manager on September 30, 2011 at 9:42am — No Comments

Refresh your 5S knowledge



See below a quick recap of the 5S's and the rationale behind the process:…

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Added by David Visco on September 16, 2011 at 10:48am — No Comments

4 ways to promote 5S

Here are some quick ideas for helping to promote your 5S program that I found from EMS Strategies

 

1. Designated 5S days: Select a day per month or per quarter to emphasize 5S throughout the plant.

2. Slogans: Select a 5S related slogan, post it in…

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Added by David Visco on September 6, 2011 at 10:25am — No Comments

Some good 5S Standards

Here is a list of good 5S standard practices taken from a fantastic new book from GBMP E2 Continuous Improvement System. 

 

  • Make it clear what is needed and what is not needed
  • Provide a means for red tagging and removing unneeded items on an ongoing basis
  • Establish guidelines for signage and meanings for colors used in work areas
  • Identify walk areas, dangerous conditions or danger zones
  • Clarify home locations for material, information,…
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Added by Community Manager on May 25, 2011 at 11:59am — No Comments

A quick tip to a successful 5S program

Without doubt the most effective method to sustaining a 5S program is to have the Sr Management including the President of the company do a quick 5 - 10 minute 5S walk every week, without fail and comment to the staff about the 5S program. Hands down, nothing will help change the culture more than this weekly focus.

Added by David Visco on May 3, 2011 at 12:36pm — No Comments

4 Steps to Sustaining Improvements

Here is a good post I pulled off a respected lean blog about how to sustain your improvements

 

Kaizen events can be tricky........on the surface they seem like more or less simple continuous improvement exercises but there are some key elements needed to make them successful and sustain: 1) Make sure that some of the people closest to the problem are involved in the event and that it is not just run by a bunch of outside 'experts'. This is how you get…

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Added by Community Manager on April 21, 2011 at 9:37am — 1 Comment

5S Is Not Easy

5S is deceptively simple. On the surface it seems like common sense, but anyone who has tried to implement a 5S system knows that it's tougher than it seems. I've been asked to write about some common issues that we see organizations face and to share some solutions that have worked well. So here it goes.
 
The first issue that comes to mind is leadership. Specifically, leaders don't understand their role. Most leaders believe that 5S is a tool and that they can…
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Added by Community Manager on March 1, 2011 at 8:36am — No Comments

A great visual recycle system

Do you have a visually controled recycle system? If so, post it on the 5S Best Practices blog! Take a look at this great visual application.

Added by David Visco on February 8, 2011 at 10:14am — 2 Comments

4 Tips for 5S in the Office

I just found this off of my Linked In Group. I hope you find it useful.

 

5S is the five step process of organizing a workplace. The five steps include:

  1. Sort
  2. Set
  3. Shine
  4. Standardize
  5. Sustain

Shortly after I began working at LeanCor in September, I learned that one of my duties would include conducting a…

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Added by David Visco on January 28, 2011 at 3:02pm — No Comments

Shine - Clean To Inspect

The third S, in 5S, is commonly referred to as shine. A more accurate translation of the original Japanese word – seisou – is probably scrub or sweep. But shine works as well.…

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Added by Community Manager on January 7, 2011 at 2:19pm — No Comments

Perils of Ignoring 5S in Offices

The Perils of Ignoring 5S in Offices

by Mark Graban on December 9, 2006 · 0 comments…

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Added by David Visco on December 16, 2010 at 9:31am — 7 Comments

A Key 5S Success Strategy

An often overlooked strategy to ensure sustainment of a 5S program is high performing supervisors. These folks are on the front lines and need to be prepared to hold their staff accountable when they don't follow the program. Find below some tips from Steve Lage at PDG.

We wrote the feature to help people understand how important supervisors are in achieving and sustaining improvement. This is something most organizations just don't get, and the impact is staggering.
High…
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Added by David Visco on December 8, 2010 at 6:18am — No Comments

5S Training Tips

Getting results from 5S training requires that the trainer and materials be engaging, practical, relevant, and timely. While this may seem obvious, it is rare to find much training of any sort that meets these criteria. What is most common is to see theoretical presentations given to the massess. We call it death by Power Point. This causes a lack of interest and enthusiasm and leaves participants confused about what they are supposed to do and when.
While most all training…
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Added by Community Manager on December 1, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Easy way to sustain 5S

copied From Steve at PDG Consulting
This issue may not be a problem for you, but it is more common than I would have ever believed had not seen it happen so many times. Here's what's happening.
Organizations of all types and sizes are making improvements in workplace organization, material flow, labor productivity, product quality, and so on. Kaizen blitz events end with participants and observers elated with the results they have achieved. Unfortunately, most of the…
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Added by Community Manager on November 26, 2010 at 12:17pm — No Comments

What few people know about 5S

Most people understand the obvious benefits of successfully implementing a 5S system; productivity, quality, safety, morale, etc. While these bottom-line improvements are certainly enough to justify a commitment to 5S, the most significant benefit is often never discussed. What is it?
Learning to lead change.
Leaders who embed 5S into the culture have demonstrated their ability to create employee mindsets that are aligned with ideals and principles that serve the…
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Added by Community Manager on November 16, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

5S Sustainment Assignment Chart

A great tool to help sustain your 5S initiative is to assign tasks to folks and ensure they're held accountable. The below post discusses just such a checklist.

One of the best aids in sustaining a daily 5S process is found in the 5S Assignment Chart. This assignment chart lists all the 5S tasks to be completed in a zone (designated area) along with the frequency the task should be done (daily, weekly, monthly); the person’s…

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Added by Community Manager on November 9, 2010 at 10:42am — 1 Comment

5 Tips for a successful 5S program

Here are some tips for a successful 5S program.

  1. Employees are trained immediately prior to or during 5S events by skilled and experienced facilitators who have the skills and materials to effectively teach adults. There is no training without application in a 5S event.
  2. 5S events are led by highly skilled facilitators who know how to engage people while achieving a high level of…
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Added by Community Manager on October 29, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

A quick 5S Audit best practice

Remember when doing your audits, the most important part is not the score, but the comments. Your staff will then see what the auditor sees, and their eyes are opened. It's not a report card, but a helping hand.

Added by Community Manager on October 27, 2010 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

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