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We Help Operations Managers to Conceive and Actualize Their Industrial Visions Based on the Lean Manufacturing Culture

We Help Operations Managers to Conceive and Actualize Their Industrial Visions Based on the Lean Manufacturing Culture

The 5S method is a Lean tool. It refers to Japanese terms: Seiri (整理), Seiton(整頓), Seisō (清掃), Seiketsu (清潔), and Shitsuke ().

This method allows for an organized work place and total visibility of the necessary equipment, environment and services.

5S is explained as:

    1. Seiri: Sort- Organize to eliminate the useless.
      ‘What is needed, only in the amounts needed and only when it is needed’. Thus, it means the removal of all unnecessary items from the workplace that are not needed for current production operations and don’t add value. ‘Red Tag’ is commonly used in sorting.
    2. Seiton: Set In Order- Orderliness, tidiness and organize
      It means to arrange the needed items. Each item should be easy to find, use, and return. Commonly as ‘A place for everything, and everything in its place’.
    3. Seiso: Shine- Cleaning thoroughly with the goal of determining anomalies.
      It emphasizes on cleanliness by removal of dirt, grime, scrap and dust from the workplace. It involves regular cleaning of every part of the workplace. Thus, cleanliness here means to identify and remove the cause of contamination.
    4. Siketsu: Standardize- Become evident and visible (equipment, instruments, areas)
      Standardization is establishing procedures and schedules in written format to ensure the repetition of the first three ‘S’ practices under controlled conditions. What is to be done, where and by whom that an organization can incorporate into the work system. This paves the way for long-term change.
    5. Shitsuke: Sustain- Self Discipline to maintain the level.
      It is defined as to make a habit of maintaining established procedures. Its purpose is to make employees habitual to follow the first three ‘S’ practices as per the standards. The idea is to continue the commitment.

5s circle

Benefits of 5S:

      • Provides an opportunity to provide creative input about the organization of the workplace and how it should be done.
      • Creates a work environment in which space, energy, time, and other resources can be managed and used more productively.
      • Makes the workplace more pleasant to work in.
      • Removes the obstacles and frustrations caused due to disorganization in work.
      • Helps to understand what is expected to be done, and when and where it is expected to be done.
      • Communication is improved for everyone because of 5S.
      • Product quality is improved.


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