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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

Industrial Labeling Systems

Industrial Labeling Systems

Safety signs, labels and other types of visual information are essential in every facility. Some of these items are required by OSHA or other regulations, and others are needed for improved efficiency and safety. The bottom line is that all facilities use these types of things, and need them to be easy to see, very

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

How to Customize a Foam Tool Organizer

How to Customize a Foam Tool Organizer

As business owners, we do a lot of take control of our day to day operations and make them as efficient as possible. We spend thousands on implementing rigorous training programs, color coding our warehouses, re-arranging assembly lines and work stations, hiring outside consultants to help eliminate waste and cut down on production times, but

8 LEAN Tools You Should Already Be Using

8 LEAN Tools You Should Already Be Using

LEAN tools and strategies focus on improving production efficiency and reducing waste, both in terms of time and physical inputs. While the term LEAN and the thinking behind it is fairly well-known, there is still a natural (though somewhat perplexing) resistance to change that keeps business owners from implementing these strategies once they’re set in

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

6S System: The Basics

6S System: The Basics

Let’s take a moment and go back to the basics. The ‘5S’ system, as it’s called, stands for Sort, Set In Order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain. The system outlines how to go about organizational projects in a way that is efficient and effective both in the short and long term. In this blog post, we’re

A 5S Template to Increase ROI

A 5S Template to Increase ROI

There are many benefits associated with the implementation of 5S. Below, we have created a list of the top ten benefits which may result in higher ROI’s (Return on Investment) when 5S is implemented properly. Creates Consistency: When 5S is implemented, consistency is created throughout the workplace. Processes, procedures, tools used, and even levels of

Want Results? 10 Continuous Improvement Strategies that Work!

Want Results? 10 Continuous Improvement Strategies that Work!

Continuous improvement is the task of frequently seeking out ways to improve processes, products, or services. However, when it comes to the ongoing and ever-changing task of continuous improvement, it is important to remember that persistence and perseverance are vital. For instance, when cell phones first came out they were oversized, bulky, offered less than

5S Factory

5S Factory

When you think of a 5S factory, what comes to mind? Do you think simply about organization or does your mind paint a picture of a fully functional, well-ordered, and efficiently run work environment? If you are thinking the second option is correct, you are on the right track. When it comes to a factory

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