5S for Suppliers

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Bullington, Kimball E.   (2003, ASQ)   Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

Quality Progress    Vol. 36    No. 1
QICID: 18830    January 2003    pp. 56-59
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Article Abstract

Lean supply implies that the supply chain is appropriate for lean production. The 5S program, derived from the Japanese words for sort, set in order, shine, standardize, and sustain, provides a proven model for organizing and maintaining a production operation. It also provides a common vocabulary to improve communication between purchasing personnel and the general management of operations. In the 5S environment there is a place for everything and everything is in its place. Users of the supplier maintenance system know where to find information and missing or out-of-date information is immediately apparent. The 5S process can be as effective for supply management and it has been for lean producers if consistent leadership oversees the system to prevent deterioration.

Keywords

5 S (visual workplace),Leadership,Supply chain management,Suppliers,Lean manufacturing


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