Saturday, January 9, 2010

Time for 5S!

5S Audit Sheet

Did you know that even the mighty Toyota views 5S as the "fundamental and critical tool for success"?  Some companies feel that once they are at the advanced stage of lean, they no longer need to do 5S because they think 5S is "for beginners."  Not true, because the fundamental principles of 5S (Sorting, Stabilizing, Shining, Standardizing, and Sustaining) are core tools that never become obsolete.  In fact, here at LSI, we are in the 5S mode, and we are starting the new year with an absolute focus on 5S - from our office to documents.

For those of you who are already doing 5S and want a quick template to perform "Audit" - here's a free template you can use.  Let's make 2010 the year of 5S!
5S Audit Sheet

And a simple 5S poster for you to use at your office or operations:


Some examples of 5S, including tools (below), and an interesting example of 5S applied to an in-house aquarium located in QC room (where they took the time to create a log sheet to ensure that fish got fed everyday):






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