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Sustaining 5S

I work for a courier company and have been implementing 5S for over a year. 5S standards have been established throughout the parcel sorting operation. However we are facing issues in sustaining the performance as shop floor personnel consider this as added work. They keep putting parcels and roller containers, trolleys etc. in each other's locations. Corporate Management is strongly committed to 5S but middle management tends to only pay lip service & just…

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Added by Sandeep Mohan on May 29, 2013 at 1:07am — 4 Comments

5S Journey website

Check out our new splash page describing all of the value added services we provide our clients and more great things to come. Go to www.5sjourney.com

 

Let us know what you think.

 

Thank you,

 

David Visco

The 5S Store

Added by David Visco on February 27, 2013 at 11:01am — 1 Comment

Standandized Audits - the way to sustain your 5S program

The most tried and true step to take when trying to sustain your 5S program is to conduct audits. Audits let people know that you're serious about monitoring their efforts and keeping the program moving forward. Here are some simple tips for having a successful audit process:

 

1. Conduct them regularly - all to often audits slip because other priorities have surfaced. Avoid putting them off at all costs.

 

2. The audits should be conducted on different days at…

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Added by David Visco on February 4, 2013 at 1:28pm — No Comments

3 Dangerous Trends for 5S Teams

I've created a short video and report on the 3 Dangerous Trends Facing 5S Teams.

 

Check it out at www.5shippocketpower.com

 

Take care

 

David Visco

5S Best Practices

Added by David Visco on December 5, 2012 at 11:25am — No Comments

3 Tips to Cross-Functional 5S Projects

I found this interesting article by LeanCor and figured I'd share it.

3 Tips to Cross-Functional 5S Projects

Sort, Set, Shine, Standardize, Sustain.

When discussing lean concepts, “5S” tops…

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Added by David Visco on August 23, 2012 at 1:10pm — No Comments

Lessons From the Road: Sustaining Your 5S Efforts

I found this article from Industry Week Magazine.

 

5S is probably the most common lean method applied. It is seemingly simple, progress is visual, and it involves everyone. However, the average lifespan of a 5S effort is a paltry one year. This is worse than doing nothing at all. Getting the organization to put this much effort into something and then not sustain it sends the unintended message that their efforts were not valuable. It is disrespectful.

So how do you…

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Added by David Visco on May 31, 2012 at 9:44am — No Comments

Lean Simulation website

I found this website which has tons of Lean Simulations free of charge. Enjoy

 

http://www.leansimulations.org/p/huge-list-of-free-lean-games-and-other.html

 

 

Added by Community Manager on May 18, 2012 at 12:57pm — No Comments

There's more to 5S than tape and markers

I found this on the Internet. Interesting perspective.

 

I see it time and time again.  Someone hears that 5S is the best thing since sliced bread, and they decide their plant or office needs to be 5S’d.  People actually say stuff like that.  Anytime I get the opportunity I ask them why their doing it.  And you know what, about 85% have no idea, 14% say it will save money, and the other 1% gets it.  Here’s how you effectively implement 5S in a way that drives performance and…

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Added by David Visco on April 19, 2012 at 4:27pm — No Comments

Steps to 5S Sustainability

I found this post which I thought would be helpful for the community

 

Many organizations make some early 5S improvements then slide back into their old ways while others maintain their 5S programs for years. What separates the two? An unsuccessful implementation of 5S is typically an incomplete 5S program. There are three keys to successfully sustaining 5S: commitment, top management support, and performance measurement.…

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Added by David Visco on March 20, 2012 at 9:40am — No Comments

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

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