The Final 5S Phase: Sustain

5S Sustain

2 min read Once you implement the 5S model in your place of business, you will see the improvements very quickly. By the time you reach the fifth and final phase, your space should be cleaned and organized and standardized procedures should be developed. But the key to key to long term success is simple – diligence. You need to sustain these results and your progress in order to have a successful 5S program. Here are some great …

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Kaizen Case Study: Siemens Oostkamp

kaizen case study

2 min read Siemens Oostkamp produces electronic components such as relays, connectors, and coils. The combination of fewer orders from their parent company and increasingly intense global competition forced them to look for new markets. On his first tour of the plant, the kaizen consultant asked the supervisors if specific information was available, such as failure rate or setup times, and the answer was always, β€œIt’s in the computer.” But when asked to retrieve it, no one ever …

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The 5 Ingredients to Sustaining 5S

3 min read Implementing a 5S program in a facility takes a lot of hard work and dedication. In most cases, however, companies are willing to put in that effort in order to get the great results they desire. A facility will have buy in from upper management who are willing to provide the financial backing and other support necessary to really get the 5S program off the ground. Once 5S has been implemented, however, the passions often …

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Standardized Audits

2 min read Once you’ve got a great 5S program in place at your facility it might be tempting to sit back a little and watch the results. This is, however, a mistake that far too many facilities make. In order to keep the 5S standards you’ve fought for producing the results you need, it is essential to sustain the momentum. The best way to do this is to perform 5S standardization audits. These audits will not only …

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