5S Shakeup

Abstract:5S is a management technique that helps organize a workplace by making it free of clutter, more visual and safer. The S's correlate to Japanese terms that mean sort, shine, set in order, standardize, and systematize (or sustain). 5S increases profits because it exposes waste that can be eliminated. North American organizations frequently initiate a 5S program and engage in a massive cleanup effort. Often, the organization skips the process of standardizing and systematizing, and moves to another area. Consequently, the disorganization returns a few months later. The authors suggest that this pattern is partly due to North Americans' culture of individualism and excess, and their lack of a self-imposed system of review. North Americans must start concentrating on the systematic reinforcement within 5S to achieve the profits that they are seeking. The article recommends starting at step four by defining your standard, and moving to step five (systematize) by having a process to systematically …

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What metrics are tracked and shown on the scorecards?
--Rob Gonzalez, 08-18-2014


Very usefull article. As an opportunity area, you can improve the sound of the interview (a lot of background noise)
--Olivia, 01-14-2014


Excellent article. I have seen 5S projects stall on many occasions and will try this approach with my next project.
--Dave Brown, 01-13-2014


This article closely corrolates to my experiance with 5S implementations. I see great utility in starting with standardize with strategic use of metrics to feed ournatural competitive natures.
--Chris, 12-13-2013


Very Good approach to build up a sustainable momentum from the beginning of a program. I feel if in initial cases also the new setup created could be used to create KPI's which were audited, it would have led to same effect.
The cultural difference led to need of setting goal post so everyone would compete.
Thanks for sharing it did bring focus back on standardize and sustainability which is essential.
--Parijat Pande, 10-30-2013


This is useful.We have used 5S to drive some operational benefits but almost unsustainable. We will adopt this "reverse" approach and bring back and sustain the methodology.
--'Niyi Oyewole, 10-29-2013


Very useful piece. I will adopt it to revitalize 5S in BAGCO. We started well with zeal and clear achievements but almost back to 'entropy'.

--Niyi, 10-29-2013


Nice article!
--Jit, 10-15-2013


Excellent! This new approach certainly addresses the cultural differences and the fact that the 5S's system was tried before with not much sustainability at the end. This is another great option available.
--Armando Lara, 10-10-2013


EXACTLY what we've found at ORBIS Corp. We "restarted" 5S with Sustain (cross-plant audits, requirement for plant Sustain processes) and 5S is finally getting traction.
--Allen Dembski, 10-10-2013


It's "vuja de" all over again!
Just about to hit the repeat button for my recent placement. I like to associate the scorecard results (KPI) directly to the renumeration package! Measure what matters I always say!
--Gerry, 10-09-2013


I felt this article is useful
--Sefina, 10-09-2013


The Article is in simple easy terms
--Jane Gichanga , 10-09-2013


Outstanding article, it truly describes what we went through. After 19 5S event, having the facility look clean and FOD free, all activity stopped. I am hoping to introduce this approach and gain better result from our efforts. Thank you for sharing.
--jamshid hajimomen, 10-08-2013



--Felix, 10-04-2013



--jdwang, 10-03-2013


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