5S is a philosophy that hones in on effective workplace organization and standardized work procedures. The concept is based off 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. When implemented correctly, 5S reduces waste, increases efficiency, and overall work quality.
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 12 creative visualizations we found describing 5S, from organizations and vendors across the world wide web.