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5S Five Things Five Weeks – Week Four

February 22, 2010


I can’t believe we are still going strong. When I originally thought up this crazy idea, I thought that five things a week wouldn’t be so hard to do. But now that we are in the middle of it, we have found that even for us it’s been a challenge. The good news is that we are still at it and have made many improvements. So let’s check in and see how we did last week and see what our new assignments are.

Review of Week 3

1. Hold a short 5S team meeting.

We had a short meeting on Friday that we were actually able to cover #3 below. The meeting didn’t take very much time and we actually had fun and laughed about our subject. During our meeting we discussed where we could use a new standard and then took the time to create it.

2. Check to see if you have all your “Shine” supplies. Does anything need to be ordered or replaced?

We looked at our shine cart and it was well stocked with the items that we need the most. We like having it as part of our 5S program because it is easy to move anywhere we need it. What we did discover though is that we could probably use some “Shine” supplies closer to Point-of-Use. We will determine what we need and where we need it at our next 5S team meeting.

3. Look for a new standard to create for the fourth “S” – Standardize.

Well, based on our meeting in #1 above we did create a new standard. We created a standard for our warehouse washroom. It’s not as bad as you think. It’s actually kept pretty clean and we rarely run out of consumables. We just thought it would be fun to see if we could come up with something useful. We took a picture of the standard we want to maintain and create a “Clean & Inspect Schedule.” Now we have set the rules for the area. I’ll keep you posted on how well we do maintaining it.

4. See if there are any opportunities to apply Reward & Recognition to your team or any outstanding individual with regards to your 5S program.

One of the areas that I think companies can have a weak spot in their 5S program is Reward & Recognition. I was just visiting a plant last week that had a program that focused on their quality. They were looking for ways to tie 5S into this program to make sure the employees understood the importance of their efforts. Don’t forget that R&R does not have to be money! We have some great R&R items that help inspire your employees.

5. Do a 15 minute titivate (to spruce up, to clean, to beautify) before you go home. Get your work area looking nice so you can kick-off next week ready to go.

Once again we worked on our Assembly Area. It turned out nice. It’s all cleaned up, organized and ready to go for this week. Like the quote by John Heywood “Many hands make light work.” Boy, does a clean neat work area do wonders for morale especially walking in on Monday morning!

So let’s move on to this week’s challenge.

Week 4

1. Sign up for the free Webinar “What is 5S?” an introduction to 5S this Wednesday, February 24. For bonus points, pass along the information to a friend, colleague, or another company that you think may be interested.

2. Take a “Before” photo of an area or a spot where you will be able to make an improvement in our Week #5 assignments.

3. Look in an office area and see if you can find something that needs a “home” and Set-in-Order.

4. See if can find one “Best Practice”, document it and share it with your team. It doesn’t have to be something big; something simple and easy if fine.

5. Check your 5S Red Tag stock. Do you have enough Red Tags for your area?

Once again, keep at it even when it’s not easy. We have come a long way over these last few weeks. Let’s keep it going!

Thanks for participating and let me know how you are doing on this challenge. – Tony

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