Thursday, January 12, 2006

5S Process

The transformation that can occur on a shop floor from 5S is really unbelievable. Sort, Set, Shine, Standardize and Sustain are the 5S key concepts. The underlying success stems from employee involvement. Engaging employees in a 5S event is enjoyable and fruitful. Installation of visual footprinting, symbols and labeling on the shop floor ensures a place for everything and everything in its place. Tagging equipment that is defective and needs replacement will help organize the shop floor and upgrade where new equipment is needed. Changes that result from 5S include pride of ownership by the employees. It improves there ability to maneuver on the shop floor due to improved housekeeping. Sustaining the effort takes both employee and management commitment. Take plenty of pictures during the 5S event and post the before and after images in the workplace so that the changes are clearly visible.