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5S is a workplace management system in which the work area and workplace are organized to minimize the loss of time and the use of movement. A foundational tool of the Lean manufacturing philosophy, its principles for eliminating wasted time and unnecessary motion are universally applicable to everyone and every business.
5S is much more than ‘a place for everything and everything in its place’. It comprises five principles to help employees be highly productive and effective in their work. The principles are:
5S is NOT just about creating a clean and tidy work area where everything is neat, near-by, and easy and fast to get to. 5S is about:
If you would like to learn more about 5S and how it can benefit your facility, or if you would like to attend a 5S training, view the links below.
Work Space Before and After a 5S Kaizen Event