What is the 5S Process: 11 Visualizations That Explain It Best
Reduce waste, increases efficiency & overall work quality
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.
How to Implement 5S
5S in the Office
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.
5S Workplace Organization and Standardization
A Brief Overview of 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.
What Is 5S?
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.
5S Audit Checklist
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Scott Stone is Cisco-Eagle's Marketing Director with three decades of experience in material handling, warehousing and industrial operations. He writes on automation, warehousing, safety, manufacturing and other areas of concern for industrial operations.