The 5S's - an English "translation"
- Sort: Clearing the work area
- Set in Order: Designating locations
- Shine: Cleanliness & workplace appearance
- Standardize: Everyone doing things the same way
- Sustain: Ingraining the 5S's into the culture
The 5S's lead to improved processes and ultimately:
- Reduced set-up times
- Reduced cycle times
- Increased floor space
- Lower safety incident/accident rate
- Less wasted labor
- Better equipment reliability
Sort: Clearing the work area
Any work area should only have the items needed to perform the work
in the area. All other items should be cleared (sorted out) from the
Set in Order: Designating locations
Everything in the work area should have a place and everything
should be in its place.
Shine: Cleanliness & workplace appearance
Not only should the work area be clear, it should also be clean.
Cleanliness involves housekeeping efforts, improving the appearance
of the work area, and even more importantly, preventive housekeeping
- keeping the work area from getting dirty, rather than just
cleaning it up after it becomes dirty.
Standardize: Everyone doing things the same way
Everyone in the work area and in the organization must be involved
in the 5S effort, creating best practices and then getting everyone
to "copy" those best practices the same way, everywhere, and every
time. Work area layouts and storage techniques should be
standardized wherever possible.
Sustain: Ingraining the 5S's into the culture
It's tough to keep a 5S effort, or any improvement effort for that
matter, going. The 5S's involve a culture change. And to achieve a
culture change, it has to be ingrained into the organization - by
everyone at all levels in the organization.