The Five S methodology is one of the most important lean manufacturing tools. All the steps in the 5S process offer an opportunity for mistake proofing and standardization. In this article, you can discover how a 5S checklist can be helpful for Lean Manufacturing and more.
When you are using a simple Lean 5S checklist for lean manufacturing, you can implement all the steps properly. The 5S’s stands for sort; set in order; shine; standardize and sustain. The following will highlight what each step involves:
Sort: This is the first step which involves removing all the unnecessary items or tools from the workplace. After that, you would have designated areas for essential items including the equipment and tools that workers are not using on a daily basis.
Set in order: As the name suggest, this step involves workplace organization. The key here is to keep everything in the right place. You can do this by adding color codes or labels to items or maybe tape off designated areas for individual items. Note that this is great way to make your workspace aesthetically pleasing and a lot a safer.
Shine: At this stage in the Five S process, everything must be cleaned until they are shining. After getting rid of the unnecessary items and storing the remaining ones in designated areas, the space should be clear enough for a proper cleaning. This can include doing minor repairs, painting and preventative maintenance that can ensure that the equipment and workstation remains in good condition.
Standardize: Once you reach to this step, the aim is to get the functional areas and team members to do things in the same way. The first step involves collecting and then implementing the best practices for the different functional teams. In fact, this is one of the strong points of lean manufacturing as it requires you to distribute the best methods so that the whole organization can enjoy the benefits. The next step is to ensure that all the shared work areas are organized in a way that will allow everyone to carry out their tasks efficiently and quickly.
Sustain: Perhaps this could be described as the most difficult stage of the Five S process. In order to sustain the 5S methods, you have to implement measures that can prevent the workspace from returning to the previous state. For this, you have to develop an improvement plan that would include a simple checklist with reminders on how to maintain each area. In addition, you can carry out regular audits to ensure that the team members are conforming to the Five S principles.
When used properly, the 5S lean tool can help to improve the efficiency and safety of your organization.