5S is a system of workplace organization. It is fundamental
to the implementation of the Lean Manufacturing principles.
The 5S are :
- Set in Order
Each component of the 5S is necessary to derive the benefits
and sustain workplace organization.
Sort is a process of removing every non essential item from
the workplace. This task is not always simple, as work areas
have had years to build up items that aren’t necessary
for completing the job. Examples of items that need sorted
are extra tables, benches, cabinets, tools, inventory, cleaning
supplies, rags, and documents. All of these extra items just
get in the way of efficient production.
Set in Order is the process of organizing the remaining items
after the “sort” process is completed. For example,
all tools used in a setup on a machine should be placed as
close as possible to where they will be used. There should
be a place for everything and everything should always be
in its place unless it is being used.
Shine is the third “S”. It is the process of cleaning
the work area and any machinery or equipment in it. The ideal
lean manufacturing implementation is to keep the equipment
in the same or better shape than when it was delivered. Prior
to lean manufacturing, many companies allowed their machinery
to deteriorate over time. Lean Manufacturing, employing the
concepts of 5S, TPM (Total Productive Maintenance), and Kaizen,
keeps machinery producing the same way or better than the
day it was received, even after many years of use.
Standardize is the process of making the first three S’s
a habit. Many companies have went through cleaning and organizing
systems over the years only to see it slip away back to an
unorganized facility. Standardize is one of the most important
of the 5S system. For example, if a machine is to be wiped
clean at the end of a shift, it should be done every single
day without fail.
The last S is Sustain, which is the one most companies failed
to employ over the years. Many company managements blamed
employees for this failure. However, once managements realize
the benefits of 5S, they also realize it is management that
stood in the way of sustaining the organization over the years.
5S reduces inefficiencies caused by poor housekeeping and organization. The principles integrate with other Lean principles to provide a Lean enterprise. For example, Quick Changeover, benefits from the order set in place with 5S. Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) must have 5S as a base element for further improvement. The online lean training course helps the student learn 5S is an easy to understand format. The lean training course also provide complete knowledge of all lean manufacturing principles.
5S is a system that finally enables manufacturers to once
and forever maintain a “customer ready” facility
at all times. Our on line lean manufacturing course teaches
5S in detail. After the course, the student will be able to
immediately apply the principles to change the work place
BPR’s lean manufacturing certification online courses
can be completed at your convenience 24/7. Simply log in and
begin the course. You can stop any time and come back to where
you left off. Once the course is successfully completed, the
certification will be mailed to you.