5S poster and guide

Building a New 5S Program

2 min read Building a 5S program from scratch may seem like an enormous hurdle to jump over in the beginning. However, this Lean manufacturing method provides long lasting benefits that will make you think you waited too long to start your own successful 5S program. If you choose to implement 5S in your facility you will be sure to notice an improvement in safety, efficiency, and an increase in profit, along with much more. Don’t know how to begin? This 5S guide is available for free! By using this comprehensive resource you will be sure to gain enough information to be able to try this method out on your own. This 5S guide will go over the essential pieces of a complete 5S program and how to keep it going far into the future by emphasizing consistency and organization. The five core […]

5S Audit

The Tools of 5S

2 min read The framework of 5S guides you through five phases of organization. During 5S, you will use a number of strategies and tools to achieve a Lean workplace. Below we have gathered some of the most common tools companies use to aid their 5S efforts. Red tags: 5S red tags are typically used in the sorting step. It is not always clear if an item needs to stay or immediately removed, and red tags allows you to take time and consider the options while still holding you accountable. If it is unclear whether or not a tool, piece of equipment, or material is needed, simply attach a red tag to it and move the item to the red tag holding area. The red tag contains space to record pertinent information like the original location of the item, who tagged it, and […]