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The 5S Process: 12 Visualizations That Explain It Best

5S is a philosophy that hones in on effective work place organization and standardized work procedures. The concept is based off of 5 Japanese words that begin with ‘S’, seiri, seiton, seiso, seiketsu, and shitsuke. When translated to English, there are five primary 5S phases: sorting, set in order, systematic cleaning, standardizing, and sustaining. Or in shortened terms, Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize and Sustain. 5S reduces waste, increases efficiency, and overall work quality when implemented correctly.

The 5S Philosophy is best captured in visualization, since its process can be complex, even if it is boiled down into five simple terms. Here are twelve creative visualizations we found describing 5S, from organizations and vendors across the world wide web.

How to Implement 5S

How to Implement 5S via ResultsResults.co.uk

5S in the Office

5S in the Workplace

The graphic is circular in nature because the first four steps are ongoing and not a one time event.  Sort, Straighten, Shine and Standardize are continually happening.  Sustain is the glue that holds it all together.  You have to sustain the other four steps in order to really be living 5S.  Sustain is the piece that makes the other four habits.

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5S Workplace Organisation and Standardisation

5S Workplace Organization

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A Brief Overview of 5S

Lean Six Sigma 5S

5S is a ways to improve workplace organization. It is a 5 step process used to create a Leaner and more efficient working environment. 5S can be done as a stand-alone effort or as part of a larger Lean initiative.

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What Is 5S?

What Is 5S?

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A Customizable 5S Safety Poster

Lean Posters 5s Poster

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5S At The Workplace

5S At The Workplace

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What is 5S and Why is it Important?

What is 5S and Why is it Important?

5S works when all the steps are followed to keep your workplace clean and accessible. Check out www.uttana.com to discover more about 5S.

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5S Explanation

5S Explanation

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5S Audit Checklist

5S Audit Checklist

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Final Thoughts

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Scott Stone Cisco-Eagle's Director of Marketing. He has over 25 years of experience in the industry.