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    Mitchell
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    Hi,
    Will SORT, STRAIGHTEN, SHINE, STANDARD AND SUSTAIN apply to the all the 5S stated above or the ones stated above refer to something else.  Can someone please explain?  Thanks in advance.

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    #173964

    EdG
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    If I understand you question correctly, “Do I have to do all of the S’s in 5S?”, the answer would be YES.
    What good is it to do DMA_C and no I? 

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    #173965

    Mitchell
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    Hi,
    Thanks for your reply, but my question was to know whether the acronym 5S standards for the following.
    Will SORT, STRAIGHTEN, SHINE, STANDARD AND SUSTAIN apply to the all the 5S stated above or the ones stated above refer to something else?  Please clarify.
    Of course, in DMA_C without ‘I’ there is no use of this whole philosophy!!!

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    #173966

    Alex Campos
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    Hello
    In my opinion, the 5S terms you describe are just a different area of the implementation of the 5S. Several consultants will use different terms to describe it but the 5S is in itself a methodology for continuous improvement and problem solving.
    Before you implement the 5S in a specific area you have analyze what is the current implementation level (some areas have some pretty good level, some others really poor) for each of the “S”.
    Later on, when you are implementing the program you have to improve several areas identified as top offenders through Kaizen. This may include fixing leaks, redo a process layout, getting rid of old machines, etc. depending on the problem.
    5S discipline is all about the Sustain phase. But of course, before you implement 5S in an área you also have to analize if TOP MANAGEMENT will have the discipline to keep the drive on the long run. If this is missing no amount of discipline in the lower ranks will make the improvement sustainable.

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    #173968

    EdG
    Participant

    Mitchell,
    Sorry I misunderstood your question.  That was why I started out my response with, “if I understand your question correctly…”
    What you have works.  I have seen other terms used for the S’s but these work.  In short, you are trying to understand all that you have and determine what and where should everything go (somethings should just go – in the trash).  Then clean up, standardize the set-up, and keep it.
    Personally, I have seen just doing 5S result in a substantial reduction in muda and turn-around time.
    Good luck…

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    #173985

    Chris Whittaker
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    5s is a powerful Lean tool and mini business unit designed to give ownership and standardization of the sustainability of the process to the people who work in the area.5s is NOT about housekeeping per se it is about visual management, safety and instantly seeing what is missing or what is out of place.5s can be used as a stand alone activity or as part of a LSS(lean six sigma)DMAIC project.If you are looking to make improvements in a series of processes 5s is a great way to reduce and eliminate some of the noise around a process and also help identify the “hidden factory” before you move on to other other problem solves.5 s does not need to be run by management , in actual fact I have had some of the best results by giving ownership to the people on the shop floor and only involving managers in irregular audits outside of the weekly audits the workers conduct.The only commitment you need from management is that they will provide you time to train, roll out and implement the programme , outside of that they do not need to have a large buy in.If you are looking for a great place to get quick wins, staff buy in , culture change and some real acceptance of process change you would be hard pushed to beat the 5s’.

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    #174006

    EdG
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    Chris,
    Agree with all you said, I just tried to make it super-short.
    For anyone wanting a great example, go visit a local hospital.  They are actually a great example.  Well, maybe not all of them are but there are a good many of them that offer a beautiful example.
    I know of one pharmaceutical company that leveraged many of their methods/ideas for use in their manufacturing plant.

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    #174009

    Vallee
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    Caution on 5S. Continuous dependency on 5S can lead to sub optimization and impact the value stream. Management needs to ensure 5S changes will not impact the company. Finding out after the fact just breeds low morale and lack of support. Management needs to be involved so that there is continued sustainment and control and we are not just repeating major 5S turn arounds in the same areas. Empowerment is not always a good thing. Listening to the employees and reviewing using tools such as a management of change if needed before some 5S changes keeps things on track.HF Chris Vallee

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