The 5 S System is an essential Lean efficiency process consisting of 5 steps that are based on the following Japanese terms:
- Seiri – Sort
- Seiton – Set
- Seiso – Shine
- Seiketsu – Standardize
- Shitsuke – Sustain
A basic overview of each of the 5 steps is provided below:
This step involves going through all of the resources in a workspace and clear out the old and unnecessary equipment, materials, etc. to reduce clutter. Individuals who work in the space are the most likely to know what supplies and equipment are necessary or not, and tagging each item based on its frequency of use helps determine what is needed
Set is the process of determining what the most orderly configuration is for the equipment, supplies and materials that were kept in the workspace. The tasks that are conducted in each space can help clarify what the most ergonomic layout should be.
The essence of Shine is to ensure the workspace is always clean and that the tools and equipment are properly maintained.
Once the first three steps are accomplished, Standardize is the step that formalizes all of the various tasks necessary to keep the workspace organized and clean on a consistent basis. Creating schedules, routines, assignments, instructions, labels, and visual aids t
The “5S” System helps ensure the physical space of a business is organized, easy to navigate, and conductive to