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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

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

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

5S Best Practices…

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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

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

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

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