5S and Operational Excellence

4 weeks ago

5S is a system of using visual management to maximise efficiency. Implementing 5S involves observing, analysing, collaborating, searching for waste, and removing and sorting it. 5S has many benefits for our employees, customers, and suppliers. The 5 stages of 5S are:

 

Sort

Eliminate what is not needed. Sort through all materials, any that are not used within the work process will be removed from the work area. Sorting enables increased productivity by removing unneeded clutter and opening space for other things.

Straighten

Organise what remains logically in terms of ergonomic use limiting excess movements. Straightening enables every item to have a home where it can be easily found and returned after use.

Shine

Elevate the work area by thoroughly cleaning and inspecting tools, this also includes routine maintenance of equipment. Examples of shining are wiping down equipment, examining the wear of tools, and investigating recurring unclean spots or messes.

Standardise

Making 5S repeatable, transforming 5S from a one-time project to a reproducible set of tasks. Standardising the workflow can be carried out in many ways from teamwork documentation, checklists, and imagery of the ideal workspace.

Sustain

Iterate the 5S process to ensure that the assigned process is continually effective for the workplace. Sustaining can be completed by creating schedules, performing periodic check-ins, running audits, and adapting when necessary.

 

Implementing 5S into the workplace has a plethora of benefits. It creates a clean and pleasant working environment, improving safety and creating more space. 5S helps to identify issues, from eliminating wastes, abnormalities with machinery, or issues with material flow. The sustaining step in 5S ensures continued improvement within the workplace.

 

Implementing 5S in our warehouse is the first step in improving our efficiency and we look forward to sharing more with you along this journey.

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