Lean 5S is one of the most powerful Lean Manufacturing Tools and the foundation of any successful Lean implementation. Lean 5S is short for the 5 Japanese words Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu and Shitsuke.
Lean 5S is a simple tool for organising a workplace in a clean, safe and efficient manner to increase productivity.
In addition to be a stable foundation for further improvement through implementing Lean Tools, then it create a very visual workspace which make any problems stand out instantly.

The 5/6 S’es in Lean 5s

  1. Sort – All unneeded tools, parts and supplies are removed from the area.
  2. Set in Order – A place for everything and everything is in its place.
  3. Shine – The area is cleaned as the work is performed.
  4. Standardize – Cleaning and identification methods are consistently applied.
  5. Sustain – 5S is a habit and is continually improved.
  6. Safety – 5S is also sometimes known as 6S where the sixth S stands for Safety.

Lean 5s as Quality Tool or Culture

Lean 5S should not only be seen as a quality tool, but more as a culture that have to be built into any organisation aiming for continuous improvement.
Implementing and maintaining Lean 5s is a team effort of everyone within the work area, and is practised as a daily activity rather than a onetime exercise.

The Benefits of Lean 5S

Below are some of the benefits that can be seen when implementing Lean 5s

  • Improved safety
  • A clean, orderly workplace
  • Improved efficiency
  • Increased employee morale
  • Standardised work methods
  • Remember – A Well Organised and Clean Workspace:
    • Has Higher Productivity
    • Produces Fewer Defects and Lost Material
    • Meets Deadlines Better
    • Is a Much Safer Place to Work

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