What is 5S
5S is a systematic approach to workplace organization. Industrial Management Services (IMS) is a leading provider of 5S implementation consulting and 5S training programs for manufacturing operations and for the office. (Note: 5S is sometimes written as Five S.)
- Less Search time
- Increased Productivity
- Improved Quality
- Increased Safety
- Employee Morale
5S program begins with 5S Training that introduces the workforce to the concepts of SORT, SET-IN-ORDER, SHINE, STANDARDIZE, and SUSTAIN. Using a technique developed and perfected by the most efficient Japanese companies, the 5S systems revolutionizes the way an organization views itself and will enable people at all levels to make the connection between quality, efficiency and being organized.
5S places an emphasis on using visual techniques to make it obvious when tools, materials, equipment, and supplies are in the right place – every time. The focus is to have all necessary items located at the fingertips of the users to increase time spent adding value and to minimize losses associated with searching and interpreting. Toyota, the founder of Lean, uses the term Clearing the Clouds as it relates to 5S because the process enables knowledge sharing in an open environment. A review of each step is listed below:
- Sort – Remove all unnecessary items from the area
- Set-in-order – Label, outline and color-code to identify and make obvious
- Shine – Clean and Inspect
- Standardize – Agree on the rules and procedures that will help with adherence
- Sustain – Make the 5S system a management tool. Engage employees to continue and enhance the program.
5S is a foundational lean technique that works in practically any environment – production (including assembly, machining, and job shops), offices, labs, classrooms, hospitals and home. Anywhere work is performed is a great place to implement 5S. If an organization is interested in building enthusiasm to launch an improvement program, 5S is a great place to begin as it draws out the creative abilities of workers in a rewarding and engaging way.
Why you need 5S Training& Consulting
If your organization has a taken the initiative and is looking to implement a 5S program to improve work place, then you will need to hire a 5S Trainer / consultant. Training is a vital part of any 5S program. So having a good trainer and consultant is vital for success.
A 5S Trainer or 5S Trainer/ Consultant will bring with them a host of experience in not only training your people but also in the possible ways of improving your workplace leaned from many other implementations of 5S and lean manufacturing in both factory and 5S office. Their role is one of facilitation to ensure that your teams learn the steps of 5S and implement them in a way that suits them and benefits your company.
The AdhikSolutions Advantage for 5S
Adhik Solutions offers personalized, customized service for 5S programs. With many years of experience delivering 5S consulting services and over 30 5S implementations, IMS can deliver on the promise of improvements from 5S. Whether the goal is productivity improvements, conformance to customer standards or enhancement of workforce skills, IMS is your expert provider of 5S training and 5S implementation services. IMS uses a blend of 5S Kaizen activity to rapidly produce results for your organization.
Selecting your 5S Trainer & Consultant
There are many people out there offering training and consultancy, however the standards vary considerably. Where possible don’t just rely on the sales talk of the trainer go and look at what they have done in the past. If they have conducted 5S training in another company and the clients were happy then they should be happy to allow you to come see their success.
References and going to see truly are the best way to get an idea as to how good your potential 5S trainer or 5S Consultant is going to perform for you and your business. Make sure that you see the results of the actual 5S consultant that will be working with you, not the companies start performer and salesman! Far too often you will find one person coming to sell you service from some of the big consultancies whilst you get someone completely different to actually perform the training.