Foundation for constant improvement
|5S is a broadly used method for increasing productivity. Compared to other production methodologies, 5S is considered to be the cornerstone of cost-based production because it enables necessary stability for improving the production process while maintaining the achievements. This is why many companies start innovating their production process from implementation of 5S.
It highlights the most clear examples of no-value added activity and helps to establish clear framework and discipline for successful continuation of other cost-based production projects. 5S methodology is applied in stages, beginning with sorting:
The primary goal of 5S is to create a clean, proper working environment. An environment where all things have a proper place and can be actually found there.
The benefits and expected results of 5S are:
The implementation of 5S produces objectively measurable results. The most reliable way for assesing the implementation is to find out the production efficiency through creating and monitoring particular measurable values.
There are simpler ways. For example, measure the time needed for finding a required tool before the implementation of 5S and measure it again after organizing the workplace. It is also possible to present the influence of 5S through pictures. For realizing the visual results you create in every stage "before" and "after" pictures that express the successes of the stage through side by side comparison. Pictures are a very effective way for stressing the improved appearance of the workplace.
In case of more complex processes it is possible to measure production efficiency through measurement systems that gather real-time production information directly from production process:
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