5S simply means work place organisation. It is the foundation for all improvements and lean journey.
As the name describes, 5S is a set of five words starting with S.
1S – SORT – Removing Unwanted items from the workplace
2S – SET IN ORDER – Arrange the necessary items in a specific place
3S – SHINE – Clean the machines, shop floor and inspection -Everyday
4S – STANDARDISE – Establish procedures and schedules to ensure the consistency of implementing the first three ‘S’ practices.
5S – SUSTAIN – 5 S becomes a culture of organisation. Sustain all the improvements made and continually improve for a better organisation.
Benefits of implementing 5S are:
- Reduced the waste or non value adding activity. (For detailed description of waste, refer our previous blogs by clicking here.)
- Improved productivity
- Reduced space used for storage
- Improved maintenance
- Improved safety
- Better operator commitment and morale
- Improved quality
- Better visual management