Organization: The 5S Implementation Model

5S, or 5S Lean, is a system I recently gleaned from a customer, Cedarstream, for organizing shop tools and accessories effectively.

5S is the most effective way to keep tools and supplies organized. It’s a simple program that is part of the lean manufacturing technique adopted by companies worldwide.

The five steps of 5S Lean include:

  1. Sort – Eliminate unnecessary items that are not needed for the current workflow.
  2. Set in order – Frequently used workstation materials and tools should be arranged so that all needed items are easy to access and find.
  3. Shine – Keep all equipment clean and free of clutter. Clean equipment equates to smoother productivity and improved quality.
  4. Standardize – Benchmarking and evaluation tactics should be utilized to maintain a consistent approach for carrying out tasks and procedures.
  5. Sustain – Train and educate your staff so your production team can continue these practices day in and day out.
PJ Bordner, Easiway Systems

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PJ Bordner is the Southeastern sales manager at Easiway Systems, a provider of screen cleaning chemicals and equipment

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