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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

Tips and Techniques for a Visual Workplace

Here's a good article from our friends at Visual Workplace

5S & Visual Workplace Color Code Standards

Imagine a world without color. Color has meaning everywhere. It is meant to direct our behavior and assist in our decision-making. Without color, our world becomes transparent and we lose the ability to emphasize importance and communicate effectively. Color standards become especially important in a multi-cultural environment in which not all people…

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Added by David Visco on January 15, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

How to 5S your Computer

Useful article I found by Adaptive Business Management Systems. We've all been there. You search and search for a file in your computer that you know is there, but where? This simple instruction will help remove that wasted time.

 

by Adaptive Business Management Systems

Introduction

This document is intended to provide instruction to all computer users on how to organize and control their local IT workspace. It is…

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Added by Community Manager on January 14, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

new 5S Video from Uttana

One of the better 5S videos to come along for quite some time. Check it out here and watch the mini video clip too

http://www.the5sstore.com/5s-video-course.html

If you'd like to save 10% on the purchase of this video contact David Visco at david.visco@the5sstore.com for a special coupon code to use.

 

 

Added by Community Manager on January 10, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Standardize your visuals

We were glad to find #5S Color Visual Standards in place at a recent client visit. Regrettably, this is rare. Often, 5S leaders neglect this crucial standardizing practice. Not having visible, publicized, standards for visual colors creates ambiguity throughout your team. Make it a point to develop these standards and post them sufficiently throughout the plant.…

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Added by Community Manager on January 2, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Improve your 5S Red Tag program

Has your red tag area become nothing but a dumping ground? If so, decide now to clean it up in January and to keep it orderly and maintained throughout the year. you'll find this goes a long way at helping sustain the program.

Added by Community Manager on December 24, 2013 at 11:27am — No Comments

Improve your Personal Productivity

Check out this month's Effective Flow Magazine for great tips on improving your personal productivity.

 

Click here http://effectiveflowmagazine.com/ 

 

Enjoy!

 

Community Manager

5S Best Practices

Added by Community Manager on December 9, 2013 at 2:18pm — No Comments

We will solve it for you

Tell us what you find the most difficult with regards to your 5S program and we'll tell you how to overcome the obstacle. Bring it on!!

Added by Community Manager on November 7, 2013 at 2:46pm — No Comments

Mid-Atlantic Lean Conference next week

Check out this great Lean Conference coming up next week in Maryland

https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1200961

Added by Community Manager on October 30, 2013 at 4:04pm — No Comments

Free Sustain Your Gains Webinar

Check out this valuable FREE webinar on how to Sustain Your Gains from Author and Lean Sigma Expert Mike McCarthy. To sign up click on the link below. Hurry. The webinar is October 23rd. Don't miss out.…

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Added by Community Manager on October 15, 2013 at 8:48am — No Comments

5S Tip for the Day

If you're a manager, go out to the gemba, roughly translated as "where the work is done", find something great someone on your team did and thank them. It will make both of you feel great.

Added by Community Manager on October 14, 2013 at 12:31pm — No Comments

October Issue of Effective Flow Magazine is available

Check out Effective Flow Magazine for great ideas on improving flow in your plant. This months topic is Aisle Marking - Tips and Tape that Stick. Go to www.effectiveflowmagazine.com A topic most certainly of interest to 5S Best Practices members.

You can submit articles to Effective Flow Magazine as well. Share your brilliance today!

 

Best Wishes

 

Dave Visco

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Added by David Visco on October 1, 2013 at 3:12pm — No Comments

Do you have 5S Visual Standards?

Having color visual standards is a critcial component to your standardization phase of 5S. Without these standard colors, your workers are faced with choosing whatever color tape, aisle marker or signal they happen to find lying around. Moreover, the place simply doesnt look organized in the least. So, help them, help you by putting some standards in place.

Some examples are:

yellow for inventory

green for kanban

blue for tools and equipment

 

If you…

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Added by David Visco on September 10, 2013 at 1:49pm — No Comments

Learn great Tool Control ideas

Check out the newest issue of Effective Flow Magazine for great ideas on how to improve tool control at your facility:

 

Here's the link to the issue:

www.effectiveflowmagazine.com

 

 

Added by David Visco on August 19, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Tips for getting your tape to stick

One of the most useful products for setting in order is aisle marking tape. Many people however have struggled with getting the tape to last for any length of time. I've found one of the major reasons this occurs is due to poor installation practices. Here are 3 Tips to geting your tape to last longer.

 

1. Many people just use a broom. That's insufficient. Mop or scrub the floors with an alcohol based cleaner.

 

2. Dry the surface real well

 

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Added by David Visco on July 25, 2013 at 10:44am — No Comments

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