Climbing on Board with a New 5S Program

5S guide and poster

You’ve done it! You’ve chosen to start a new 5S program at your business. Get ready for quite the ride with all the improvements that are going to be cascading onto you and your employee’s shoulders as you climb on board with this well-known Lean manufacturing method. Those improvements don’t happen by themselves though, both

5S Factory: Unlocked

factory with 5S work cells

5s is the organization of the workplace or a factory that enables the workers to control their work area and eliminate obstacles that hinder work. The 5s factory system originated from the Japanese work culture and is popular in many work places. There are immense benefits of this system and if implemented efficiently, it can

The First Pillar of 5S: Sort

5S Sort

Kicking off a 5S program begins with Seiri, or the Sorting step. Unused or little-used inventory and tools hamper productivity, create hazards, and hinder job performance. Industrial facilities and offices alike can get used to clutter and not see the wastes of a disorganized space. In reality, excessive tools and materials can impede workflow as

Improving Workplace Efficiency with Floor Marking

Floor Marking Tape

A workplace where employees or visitors can easily understand how an area operates based on signs, labels, and other visual cues is often referred to as a visual workplace. These cues can include placards on walls and/or machinery showing operating procedures, equipment labels, signs with important reminders, and inventory level markers, as well as floor

5S The Best Lean Starting Point? Yep, And Here’s Why

5s Workstation

Why 5S first? Let’s be honest, there are many discussions out there such as 5S Lean groups on LinkedIn and other professional sites which sometimes fail to hit the mark for pertinent and useful information. In fact, I have even stumbled upon backwards or even misguided information, while others have just been too drawn out

The Dangers of Combustible Dust within the Workplace

There are many hazards when working in factories, but a combustible dust explosion is one of the most dangerous. They have been known to injure and actually kill employees and devastate companies. Understanding combustible dust and what causes combustible dust explosions is the first step toward identifying hazards and protecting companies against these deadly disasters.

5 Reasons Manufacturing Businesses Should Implement 5S

The success of any business is defined by how efficiently it is run. For this reason, business owners in the manufacturing industry have to keep themselves abreast of different strategies that help them maximize their industrial output by making optimum use of the available resources. With the global success that Japanese industries have managed to

5S Supplies You Need: Foam Organizers

foam organizer

A crucial and fundamental part of any 5S implementation is the organization of the items you use on a daily basis. Having your important items where you need them, when you need them is an essential piece of why we do 5S in the first place. The goal is to continuously be working towards eliminating

Lean 5S Supplies Every Workplace Needs

Engineer looking at a 5S supplies checklist during maintenance work in a large industrial engine room

5S supplies are not just for those practicing 5S anymore. If you believe your organization has the potential to improve, this post can be extremely beneficial in your efforts. Time for improvement Now that the new year has had some time to settle in, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to do