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

5S Products that Work

5S Products that Work

Proven 5S Products that Work When attempting to implement or improve a 5S strategy in a facility you will undoubtedly find that there are many different products out there that claim to effectively address 5S challenges. While many of them are great, others really just don’t get the job done. Using ineffective 5S products is

6S or 5S – The Great Debate

6S or 5S – The Great Debate

6S or 5S – Which side of the fence are you on? 6S is seen by many as the ‘next step’ in the evolution of workplace waste elimination and efficiency improvement. As with any type of change, however, there are also some people who are resistant to the idea. Those who have adopted the 5S

Lean is Green

Lean is Green

Lean manufacturing principles have solidified themselves as a successful method of improvement in organizations across the globe. Increasing productivity through waste elimination methods continues to  be the golden ticket for many industries, but a separate by-product of Lean is in need of some attention –Green. Organizations everywhere are starting to notice their Lean principles produce

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

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

5S Tools and Blueprint Used In My Last 5S Project

5S Tools and Blueprint Used In My Last 5S Project

When re-organizing or changing up your work floor or operations setup, you can have a potentially massive task on your hands. The problem with “potentially massive” projects is that they tend to easily become overwhelming, leading many to one of two undesirable outcomes: A) You take shortcuts and end up with a sort of half-result