"Effective 5s implementation is the foundation of our success.", F. Hayakawa, 5s Expert, Sango Co. Ltd.
What is 5s?
From the first letter of 5 words in Japanese which mean orderliness (seiri), neatness (seiton),shine (seiso), cleanliness (seiketsu) and discipline (shitsuke). In English, lean 5s is commonly referred to as:
2. Set in Order
5. Sustain (maintain the discipline to continue with the process)
Japanese 5s - Important Cultural Distinctions:
整理 Seiri - Orderliness
Set In Order
整頓 Seiton - Neatness
清掃 Seiso - Cleaning, Shine
清潔 Seiketsu- Cleanliness
躾 Shitsuke - Discipline
The difference in the wording between the English and Japanese versions of lean 5s is both interesting and important as it reflects the different mindsets of the east and west. For example, we use `Standardize` in English vs. `Cleanliness` in Japanese.
In Japan, cleanliness refers to the overall cleanliness and order that results from the strict observance of the previous 3s`s. It is a result of following the process rather than an imposed rule or regulation.
The ability to maintain a good lean 5s condition is the best indicator of the discipline required for effective lean production.
The target of lean 5s is to create a safe and comfortable work environment by keeping the area in order, neat and clean by the workers themselves. In so doing, motivation in the workplace is fostered.
5s principles were created for lean production, cost reduction and employee empowerment. Lean 5s techniques work from the assembly line to the office. Where ever inefficiencies lie, lean 5s is a wonderful tool and philosophy to create order and motivation in the workplace.
5s workplace organization works on the principle that a workplace full of clutter is less productive and motivating than a clean and ordered area. Unnecessary items and dirt get in the way of employees and negatively impact productivity. From the Japanese point of view, cleanliness is indeed next to godliness. Cleanliness or the removal of all dirt is a form of beauty. Working in a beautiful environment creates positivity and good energy flow - necessities when it comes to motivation.
Life without a 5s process & 5s standards = WASTE
Unorganized and unneeded items use up time spent searching, create safety issues due to tripping hazards, and demand extra movement walking around obstacles to retrieve tools that are needed at hand. Wasted time, wasted movement, wasted energy, wasted motivation and wasted costs.
Koji Suzuki says...In a production company, for instance, implementing good 5s workplace organization can prevent mis-shipment, mixed products, excess inventory, etc.
In an office, stationary can be saved, time for seeking documents is shortened, space can be conserved, etc.
Finally, I would like to stress that the first 4s becomes a matter of pride and discipline, which provides satisfaction even without discussing its business advantage.
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Food for thought about lean 5s implementation:
Does putting a 5s process into practice lead to a breakthrough? ie; new technology or production method
Expert`s answer: Usually no, not directly. 5s itself doesn`t bring about a new idea. a 5s process does, however, create the optimum environment for breakthroughs. The 5s process does not just apply to physical cleanliness and discipline - it`s also a mental clearing and training. It is a tool for motivation in the workplace!