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 "Shined" regularly
  2. Once the equipment is cleaned take a picture thus showing the ideal state. Make sure to point out special points of concern to pay special attention too.
  3. Determine how often each piece of equipment should be cleaned and inspected
  4. Assign someone to those tasks
  5. Post a Shine schedule which shows frequency and whos responsible
  6. Determine a method for communicating findings during the cleaning. For example, green opportunity tags.
  7. Hold people accountable to the schedule


The same steps can be used for any area, including those without equipment.


Remember, the rationale behind Shine is to get the equipment to a point where any non-conformance such as an oil leak is clearly evident. If the machine is filthy, the problem will not be noticeable. Make sure your Shine process is in place and providing the results you need. You'll be glad you did.


How do you manage the Shine step of your 5S program? Tell us, we want to know.


Best wishes


Dave Visco

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