27 Apr 2020

5S Seiketsu (Standardize) and Visual Management

2021-09-14T10:13:42-04:00April 27th, 2020|Categories: Lean Manufacturing, Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The fourth step in the lean 5S (6S) process is seiketsu, or standardized. Standardize is fundamentally about establishing clear, unambiguous norms for people to perform. Standards are a prerequisite for continuous improvement. As Taiichi Ohno, the father of the Toyota Production System (TPS) put it, “Where there is no standard, there can be no improvement.”

20 Apr 2020

5S Seiso (Sweep)

2021-09-14T10:14:11-04:00April 20th, 2020|Categories: Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Seiso is the third step the lean 5S process. Seiso translates from Japanese as “sweep” or “shine”. However, this translation often contributes to the superficial interpretation that sweeping or shining only relates to making areas subjectively clean or hygienic.

13 Apr 2020

5S – Seiton (Straighten)

2021-09-14T10:13:58-04:00April 13th, 2020|Categories: Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Straighten (Seiton) is the second step of the 5S process. After we have eliminated unneeded items for the workplace, we must determine where the remaining items belong. Straightening is all about arranging items in a way that maximizes efficiency. Thus, we should put the things we need the most, in a designated, close, and clearly labeled place. A common misconception is that straighten simply means to neatly arrange items, such as in orderly rows. But this couldn't be further from the truth...