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Review of Value Stream Mapping and Best Books to Help You!

Schedule a meeting with your team – it’s time to start talking about value stream mapping!

Value stream mapping - VSM for short – is a team exercise and should involve representatives from all of the areas within the organization. The idea behind VSM is to see where delays are in your processes. Analyze ways to eliminate anything that doesn’t add value – or creates waste with VSM.

VSM is also known as a lean way to create ‘material and information flow mapping’…

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Added by Community Manager on October 13, 2017 at 11:54am — No Comments

Importance of 5S in the Food Industry

Implementing 5S in the food industry is considered a win-win-win for the environment, consumers, and processors!  

Plus -  with a color-coded cleaning station tool shadow boards, you can easily ensure the correct tools are put back in the appropriate departments.

http://www.the5sstore.com/item/51bsca/cleaning-station-tool-shadow-board-accu-shield/1.html…

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Added by Community Manager on October 12, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

Why Are Businesses Better with KPI Boards?

Key performance indicators (KPI) boards are a measurable way to see if your business is meeting goals.

Most people agree that measuring successes and shortcomings is a fundamental part of reaching your objectives, but the way you translate the information is equally important.

Imagine this - you’re keeping score for your son's little league team. All the bases are loaded and the most valuable player is up to bat. You think it’s a sure win for the team.…

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Added by Community Manager on September 29, 2017 at 8:44am — No Comments

Back to Basics: A Methodical Approach to 5S

5S has the potential to change your work culture by improving quality, lowering costs, building customer confidence, increasing factory uptime, reducing repair costs, promoting safety, and most importantly changing behaviors for the better. Any industry leader would vote in favor of 5S – especially…

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Added by Community Manager on September 13, 2017 at 4:39pm — No Comments

Importance of Communication in the Workplace

Five quick ideas for cultivating communication across multiple departments

Research has shown that effective workplace communication increases morale, productivity, and commitment throughout an organization. Although many businesses understand…

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Added by Community Manager on August 29, 2017 at 5:14pm — No Comments

How to Make 5S Red Tagging Successful in the Workplace

In any business, starting 5S can seem like an overwhelming task. Although the benefits are vast, the idea of organizing and sorting through hundreds of items in the workplace can leave one questioning the best way to start. I mean, you can’t just snap your fingers and miraculously meet your 5S goals,…

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Added by Community Manager on August 17, 2017 at 4:55pm — No Comments

Tool Shadow Boards Hold Your Employees Accountable

An organized tool shadow board like this will not only keep your frequently used items organized, it'll prevent wasted time searching for them AND hold your employees accountable for putting them back. …

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Added by Community Manager on August 10, 2017 at 10:57am — No Comments

Don't Just Wish Your Tools Were Organized - Make it Happen!

If you work in the food industry and don't have a Tool Shadow Board, you're missing out! Chances are you're wasting unwanted time and money.

We want to help you create a place for everything...and everything in a place.

Contact The 5S Store for all your 5S needs. Answers included.…

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Added by Community Manager on July 31, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

How to Create a More Successful Workspace

Have you ever thought about success as a method of steps you have to take to get from point A to point B? To get to where you want to be, you have to work for it and move away from where you were to where you are. Google defines success as this: “The accomplishment of an aim or purpose; the attainment of…

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Added by Community Manager on July 28, 2017 at 4:29pm — No Comments

How to Design a Reward and Recognition Program?

Have you ever thought about using a reward and recognition program to help motivate the growth of a successful 5S program?

When it comes to creating a lean workplace through 5S principles, getting a thumbs up from the workforce can be a little tricky.…

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Added by Community Manager on July 13, 2017 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Why You Need Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)?

Do you experience machine breakdowns on a regular basis? Are you manufacturing products that aren’t made consistently on equipment and machinery? Do you have to remake items because they fail quality inspections? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this is a clear sign that you could benefit from implementing…

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Added by Community Manager on June 27, 2017 at 10:05am — No Comments

Info You Need to Know About 5S Floor Tapes

Floor marking is an important aspect of the set in order phase of 5S - Use this information to create efficient spaces and comply with OSHA regulations.



Floor marking tape doesn't just brighten up floors - it improves safety, creates organization, and helps achieve the 5S set in…

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Added by Community Manager on June 8, 2017 at 3:45pm — No Comments

How to Effectively Eliminate Seven Deadly Wastes

Waste is an awful word that devalues quality, manufacturing processes, and your business’ bottom line. In most cases, you’ve put a lot of effort into lean manufacturing principles - striving to work towards eliminating waste. Did the 5S principles work? Or is it time to clear the dust and re-valuate the steps…

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Added by Community Manager on May 31, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

It’s Time for a 5S Audit!

5S Audits have a ton of benefits! Spring into safety with an easy three-step process for checking the effectiveness of 5S in your workplace

One of the most important and often overlooked parts of keeping a safe, organized, and clean workplace is conducting a 5S audit. With 5S audits, you…

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Added by Community Manager on May 22, 2017 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

5S audit improvement example

A 5S Champion for a large tire manufacturer you would certainly know reached out to me asking for some advice. They have a 1 million square foot manufacturing facility. They've broken the area down into over 150 zones. Each zone has to go through a robust 5S certification process which takes several months. Imagine the effort that went into certifying the entire plant?!. Unfortunately, their 5S process has slipped quite a bit over the past year. as manpower for the 5S support team was cut. A…

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Added by David Visco on March 13, 2017 at 1:33pm — No Comments

5S for color blind people

During a recent seminar I conducted for AME on "How to Sustain 5S" I was asked "how do you handle using colored visual controls and standards for color blind employees?" What an interesting question. One audience member suggested that was one of the reasons OSHA incorporated striping for hazards. While this makes sense, it doesn't really address the non-hazard color coding companies use for standardizing lanes, zones, WIP, etc. 

Any thoughts on this? Has your company had to…

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Added by David Visco on March 6, 2017 at 12:59pm — No Comments

How to Sustain Your 5S Improvements Workshop

I'm hosting a "How to Sustain Your 5S Improvements" workshop for AME (The Association for Manufacturing Excellence) http://www.ame.org/event/ame-dine-learn-how-finally-sustain-your-5s-improvements on Tuesday February 21st at 6:00 p.m. in Tewksbury, Ma. Check out more information on AME's …

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Added by David Visco on January 30, 2017 at 2:10pm — No Comments

Quick tip for floor tape installation success

One of the most challenging Set in Order steps for 5S practitioners is getting floor tape to last in heavily traveled areas. I've written a free report found here about this exact topic but for now here's a quick tip.

Assuming your using heavy duty tape with pressure sensitive adhesive make sure to tamp the tape into the surface.…

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Added by David Visco on January 25, 2017 at 9:42am — No Comments

Useful TRICK to help YOU stay focused on what you're trying to improve upon

Here’s a quick trick to stay focused on an area you’re looking to improve. 

 

Let’s say you’re interested in improving the sustainability of your 5S process. One way to do this is to go the gemba (where the work is done) and find something done right. For example, maybe during your walk you find a tool placed properly on a shadow board or you see someone from your team replacing some…

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Added by David Visco on November 28, 2016 at 2:10pm — No Comments

5S Management Musts - Part 5 - Focus on the people and their efforts

The fifth 5S Management Must is to Focus on the People and their 5S Efforts.

As with any improvement process it's important to remember that there are real people involved. Beyond them just being co-workers many of them are fathers, mothers, or someone's son or daughter. They're human beings. The best practice to motivate people is to praise them on their efforts. Let them know you noticed. It's really that simple. When you see someone follow the 5S standards such as putting…

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Added by David Visco on October 19, 2016 at 9:53am — 2 Comments

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