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New Year’s Resolutions for Staying Safe in 2020

New Year’s Resolutions for Staying Safe in 2020

The beginning of the new year offers a great opportunity to not only evaluate our personal performance, but our professional performance as well. It’s possible to create a better quality of life in the workplace; there’s always room for improvement, bad habits to kick, and small changes to make. Consider the year that’s now behind

How to Spring Clean Your Facility

How to Spring Clean Your Facility

Most people associate spring cleaning with clearing out the attic or organizing the closet, but the same energy can be applied to the workplace! Spring is an excellent opportunity to evaluate your facility and organize for efficiency. Focus on getting rid of items cluttering the workplace and making an environment that allows for more productive

The 5th S | Sustaining Your Improvements

The 5th S | Sustaining Your Improvements

When learning the 5S methodology, the vast majority of the time spent will be on the first four S’s. The last S, which stands for Shitsuke, or Sustain, however, is almost certainly going to be the most important one. Without this S, all the others would quickly fall out of use and the progress that

5S Program – Sort

5S Program – Sort

When learning about the 5S program most people can quickly see how it can be helpful and improve efficiency in the facility. The whole strategy is quite easy when looking at it at a high level. If you’re not careful, however, it can get confusing with the actual implementation. This is because some of the

The Difference Between 5S and Kaizen

The Difference Between 5S and Kaizen

When looking to help a facility run more efficiently you will find that there are many ideas and methodologies out there that are able to help. Two of the most popular (and most effective, when done properly) are 5S and Kaizen. Both of these concepts are quite similar, but there are important distinctions that one

5 Tips to Improve the Elimination of Waste

5 Tips to Improve the Elimination of Waste

Elimination of Waste Whether you are implementing a specific program like Lean or 5S to help improve efficiency or you are just looking for a way to eliminate waste in your facility, it is a good idea to look at what has worked for other companies in the past.  Fortunately, there is a lot of

Measuring 5S Performance – 5 Essential Tips

Measuring 5S Performance – 5 Essential Tips

Improve Efficiency and Eliminate Facilities know that using 5S strategies is supposed to improve efficiency and eliminate waste throughout the facility. This, of course, is a very attractive goal that every company will want to take advantage of. Unfortunately, many companies and departments don’t properly measure 5S performance, so they have trouble proving whether or

Eliminating Waste using these 5 Steps

Eliminating Waste using these 5 Steps

Eliminating Waste in the Workplace Waste is a productivity killer. Physical waste gets in the way of your workers and takes up space that could be allocated toward other production activities. And that’s just physical. Waste also comes in a number of different forms that might be outside of the scope of our colloquial, layman’s

5S Sustain Work Instruction Examples

5S Sustain Work Instruction Examples

How To Sustain 5S Examples and Steps When conducting a 5S project, no one ever seems to really have much trouble with the first three. Sorting, setting in order, and shining are relatively straightforward and most 5S guides give aspiring Lean managers a simple step-by-step set of instructions for completing each. Then we reach standardize, and

5S Back to the Basics

5S Back to the Basics

The Time is Now… Take 5S Back to the Basics Many companies that have been working on improving efficiency and effectiveness with the 5S techniques find that over time, the standards which they once followed begin to loosen. Facilities find that while in the beginning it was easy to identify problems, and implement solutions by

11 Tips and Tools For a Better 5S Workplace

11 Tips and Tools For a Better 5S Workplace

5S is nearly synonymous with Lean Six Sigma ideology these days, especially since it is one of the first Lean techniques many workplaces will implement. This is largely due to a low barrier for entry:  There are no or few financial hoops to jump through, and the basic ideas behind 5S are simple. In case

5S Red Tags – The Correct Way to Use A Simple Lean Tool

5S Red Tags – The Correct Way to Use A Simple Lean Tool

If you already have knowledge of what 5S is, it’s likely you’ve probably also heard the term “Lean” before with reference to manufacturing, production, and warehouse/general business management. If not, and you’re just wondering what the heck this 5S thing is that every keeps talking about, well, that’s just fine too. In particular, I want

A Guide to the Most Useful 5S Materials

A Guide to the Most Useful 5S Materials

Ever wonder where to get started with LEAN? Well here’s a no-nonsense, jump-right-in introduction to my favorite 5S tools, complete with recommendations on how to use them! Industrial Label Maker One great 5S tool for just about every business is an industrial label maker. One of the hardest things about creating labels in any sort

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