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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

Getting employee buy in

There are two factors that influence the level a workforce will be engaged in a change initiative.
Factor 1: Current employee mindsets about the change and direction.
At the beginning of any change initiative there will be a mix of opinions and emotions about what is being proposed. There will be early adopters, cautious skeptics, vocal critics, silent observers, and so on. While there are countless ways that people react to change, I believe that you…
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Added by Community Manager on October 15, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Raising the Bar: An Introduction to 5S

Raising the Bar: An Introduction to 5S

Key Points
  • Organized work areas reduce the risk of accidents and can improve employee morale.
  • All staff must be willing to cooperate—from top executives to line employees.
  • Periodic meetings, continuous training, and a rewards system help to enforce the new maintenance procedures.

A workplace that is clean, organized, efficient, and safe, functions at utmost…

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Added by Community Manager on September 16, 2010 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Great Lean article by Jim Womak

Here is a great article from Jim Womak of LEI fame.

My LEI colleague Dave LaHote is fond of saying that managers - and especially senior managers - overestimate their effectiveness, particularly as they seek to improve their organizations through formal initiatives. And they underestimate the impact (often negative) of their daily personal actions on employees. Recently I witnessed a striking example while visiting a metal casting…

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Added by David Visco on September 14, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Stop Shining - 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…

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Added by Community Manager on August 27, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Implementing 5S in the Office

Find below the first part of an article I found on Implementing 5S in the Office. Each week, we'll post the next part.

A 5S System is a low cost system that will clean and organize your workplace. It will increase productivity and raise employee morale. This article that will give you some basic information on how to implement a 5S system in your workplace.

One of the keys to the success of a 5S system is to have the full support of the management of your company. While…

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Added by Community Manager on August 26, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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