Many companies in different types of industry apply methods such as Lean Manufacturing , Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) , Six Sigma or Total Quality Management (TQM) to realize and maintain the high standards their customer demand. The 5S program is the key to their success. The 5S method is a structured program to implement workplace organization and standardization. It motivates people, improves safety (product safety as well as working conditions), efficiency and productivity.
What are the Five S's? In Japanese - Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu, & Shitsuke.
Sort - the first step in making things cleaned up and organized
Set In Order - organize, identify and arrange everything in a work area
Shine - regular cleaning and maintenance
Standardize - make it easy to maintain - simplify and standardize