HOW-TO GUIDE: Sustaining 5S for continuous improvement success

Are you struggling to sustain 5S in your workplace?

5S is a lean methodology for organizing workspaces by eliminating waste, optimizing productivity and promoting safety. It creates an environment of responsibility, discipline and orderliness – fundamental to world-class competitiveness. 5S is often regarded as a good way to start a continuous improvement initiative because it establishes an important foundation on which other best practices can prosper.

The wrong approach to 5S implementation can easily lead to failure. The secret to sustaining 5S for the long term is a staged implementation approach where 5S becomes a dynamic process of continuously evaluating, refining and standardizing.

The benefits of 5S include:
  • An orderly and safer work environment
  • Less waste
  • Better quality and productivity
  • Effective problem-solving
  • Reduced setup and changeover times
  • Regular inspection of equipment and lowered repair costs
  • A sense of ownership and pride in the workplace

 

Download the how-to guide Sustaining 5S for continuous improvement success and find out how to:
  • Drive the process using 3 key elements
    Management initially needs to steer 5S until full ownership is achieved.
  • Implement 5S in 2 phases
    These 2 phases of implementation will help show some quick results and get employee buy-in.
  • Map out the current state
    Analyzing the current state helps the team identify improvement opportunities.
  • Safeguard the future state
    Recognize and eliminate these common wastes.
  • Sustain 5S with a staged approach
    This 3-step approach forms part of a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Use various tools for sustaining activities
    These tools help motivate employees and recognize 5S achievements.

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