Why 5S fail? Nobody is interested in housekeeping

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

Why 5S fail

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

How corporate Lean programs spoil golden opportunities

This is the sad and true story of a manufacturing unit of a major manufacturer in his industry. This company has a corporate program to roll out Lean, with permanently appointed staff to support it. The Lean organisation is structured from a corporate level to sites representatives and staff appointed to support departments within the … Continue reading How corporate Lean programs spoil golden opportunities

Why 5S’s Scrub & Shine is not (only) about cleaning

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

The Quick Beginner’s Guide to 5S – Shitsuke

Shitsuke is the fifth and last of the 5S list. Usually transliterated into “discipline” or “sustain” while my tiny japanese dictionary (souvenir from my time there) says “education”. Shitsuke is all about this: educating people in order to maintain new 5S standards and to self-discipline everybody. Education, some may call it coaching or practising kata, … Continue reading The Quick Beginner’s Guide to 5S – Shitsuke

The Quick Beginner’s Guide to 5S – Seiketsu, Standardizing

Seiketsu is the fourth S of the series of five and comes logically after Sorting out, Set in order and Sweeping. The first three S reset an environment suitable for safe and efficient work, the fourth S then sets standards so to keep these good condition and practices in the work area. Without appropriate standard … Continue reading The Quick Beginner’s Guide to 5S – Seiketsu, Standardizing

The Quick Beginner’s Guide to 5S – Seiso or Sweep, Shine, scrub

The third S of the series of 5 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. In the introduction post to this series, I summarized 5S as a philosophy, approach or methodology to provide simple, effective rules … Continue reading The Quick Beginner’s Guide to 5S – Seiso or Sweep, Shine, scrub

The Quick Beginner’s Guide to 5S – Seiton or Setting in order

The 5S philosophy is a way of thinking focusing on organizing workplace in order to simplify the work environment and strive to reduce wastes while improving quality and safety. 5S' second S stands for Seiton. Seiton is usually translated into “systematic arrangement” or “set in order” and summarized in the saying "a place for everything … Continue reading The Quick Beginner’s Guide to 5S – Seiton or Setting in order

The Quick Beginner’s Guide to 5S – Seiri or Sorting

The first S stands for Seiri or Sorting, which means keep only the necessary items within work area, and dispose or keep in a distant storage area the less frequently used items. Unneeded items may be returned to for sharing with others, e.g. tools no longer required or even discarded. Eliminate old broken tools, obsolete … Continue reading The Quick Beginner’s Guide to 5S – Seiri or Sorting

The Quick Beginner’s Guide to 5S – Introduction

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. In a nutshell, 5S provide simple, effective rules for tidiness, maintaining workplace in good, safe condition and fostering a continuous improvement of the standards, rules and discipline in … Continue reading The Quick Beginner’s Guide to 5S – Introduction