5S Lean Manufacturing Guidelines for a Visual Workplace
5S is a Japanese lean methodology designed to reduce waste and optimize productivity through better workplace organization. The five pillars of the 5S are Sort (Seiri), Set in Order (Seiton), Shine (Seiso), Standardize (Seiketsu), and Sustain (Shitsuke).
It's one of the most widely adopted techniques from the lean manufacturing toolbox. "5S Plus" or "5S+1" goes a step further to emphasize a critical aspect of any workplace: Safety.
In 5S, visual devices like red tags, floor marking tapes, and shelf labels are used to ensure that there is a place for everything - and everything remains in its place after a kaizen event is over. Likewise, the Standardize and Sustain steps of 5S are virtually impossible to manage without the use of visuals such as check sheets, schedules and audits.
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