April 2019, in the corridors of our offices I picked a statement made by a young consultant about one of his clients: “It’s a real mess in their warehouse, they do not manage storage and have no defined storage locations. They lose an incredible amount of time searching for goods. Introducing RFID tags would allow … Continue reading Will 5S resist 4.0 tech?
It happened again, I have met one more Lean Manager explaining that he/she was appointed to this position to manage a Lean program rollout, and this Lean program is essentially reinvigorating 5S. There has been a real inflation of Lean Managers in France lately. With so many of them flowing into the companies, France’s world … Continue reading Lean = 5S, again.
This is a classical debate among Lean newbees and even among specialists: are the 5S the first steps to SMED or not? As so often there is more than just a binary choice. If you are not now familiar with 5S, you may get a primer reading my posts series: The Quick Beginner’s Guide to … Continue reading Are the 5S the first steps to SMED?
I assume readers are aware about 5S. The 5S are a methodology when beginners discover them through a structured way of teaching. They hopefully turn into an approach for organizing the workplace, and eventually a philosophy for those embracing the 5S principles for guiding their personal behaviors. Read more about Approach, philosophy or methodology Here … Continue reading 5 things to remember about 5S
5S is usually seen as very basic, simple methodology, easy to get through. The reality is totally different and most companies fail to implement a significant and sustainable maturity level of 5S. For those not familiar with and wanting to learn more about 5S, check my Quick Beginner’s Guide to 5S. Here are 5 reasons … Continue reading 5 reasons 5S make the world a better place
5S are as well an approach, philosophy and methodology to better workplace organization, foundations for efficient and safe work, as well as insuring quality and continuous improvement. They originated in their current form* in industrial workshops in Japan, leading many people to think “this is a production thing“. The following video shows a good example … Continue reading 5S in hospital
Most of 5S assessment or audit systems I’ve seen are built upon a maturity scale, usually from 1 (poor or insufficient) to 5 (complete, satisfactory or the like) for each of the 5Ss and a schedule for the assessments or audits. The way these systems are built is most often misleading, letting people believe that … Continue reading Why 5S fail? We’re done!
This post is part of the series “why 5S fail”. Nobody is interested in housekeeping. This is particularly true in heavier industries with more male workforce, “housekeeping” is incompatible with (macho) pride and way beneath their dignity. They may not hesitate to manually lift heavy weights and handle greasy dirty parts, but would be reluctant … Continue reading Why 5S fail? Nobody is interested in housekeeping
The 5S methodology / philosophy as such is around and fairly widespread since the mid-1980s, when the western industries sought the “secrets” of their Japanese competitors’ tremendous successes. >Don’t know yet about 5S? Check my quick beginner’s guide to 5S However, despite the 30 years of awareness and trials: very few companies I visited have … Continue reading Why 5S fail
This post refers to the third S of the series of 5 from the 5S methodology and which stands for Seiso, which can be translated as ‘cleaning’ or for the sake of verbs starting with an S: Shine, Scrub, Sweep, Sanitize and the like. Once a certain state of cleanliness has been reached, any abnormality … Continue reading Why 5S’s Scrub & Shine is not (only) about cleaning