5S

 

What is 5S?

Five S represents 5 disciplines for maintaining a visual workplace. These are foundational to Kaizen and a manufacturing strategy based "Lean Manufacturing" concepts. Five S is the starting point for improvement activities that ensure our company’s survival.

 

The Five S program focuses on having visual order, organization, cleanliness and standardization. The results you can expect from a Five S program are: improved profitability, efficiency, service and safety.

 

 

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 types of businesses benefit from a Five S program?

Everyone and all types of business benefit from having a Five S program. Manufacturing and industrial plants come to mind first, as those are the business that can realize the greatest benefits.

 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Improve safety

  • Decrease down time

  • Raise employee morale

  • Identify problems more quickly

  • Develop control through visibility

  • Establish convenient work practices

  • Increase product and process quality

  • Strengthen employees’ pride in their work

  • Promote stronger communication among staff