Saturday, December 1, 2018

5S - how big factories keep things organized

Keeping work areas clean and organized is a challenge no matter if your daily output is 10 bars of soap or 1000 cars. Big factories with staff dedicated to Lean Manufacturing have a set of best practices surrounding organization known as 5S. It originated in Japan and contains 5 steps, each beginning with an "S" term. In English the five steps are below. 

1. Sort: Get rid of excess items and equipment.

2. Set in Order: Take the remaining items and put them in the right place.

3. Shine: Keep it clean.

4. Standardize: Do the above 3 things regularly.

5. Sustain: Continuously improve the execution of these steps for the long term.

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