What is Five S? 5S is a basic, fundamental, systematic approach for : productivity improvement quality improvement safety improvement …in all types of business. 5S are a part of Kaizen - a system of continual improvement.
Focus areas The Five S program focuses on: Having visual order Organization Cleanliness Standardization. The results you can expect from a Five S program are improved: Profitability Efficiency Service and safety.
Principles The principles underlying a Five S program at first appear to be simple, obvious common sense - and they are. But until the advent of Five S programs many businesses ignored these basic principles.
What are the Five S's? 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 Sustain maintaining what has been accomplished
Real example Picture from the designlab at Gjøvik University Collage; Shows a locker where we have applied 5S theory in practice: Each tool have their own fixed spot The tools are numbered and named Tools that are not very often used are not placed in this locker at all On the outside and inside of the locker are picture of where each tool are located.
Real example continues Closeup of the top shelf Especially notice the white marking around each object / tool.