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Business Process Transformation
can be enabled by many methodologies andtools. One of these is
A Five S program is usually a part of, and the key component of establishingaVisual Workplace. and are both a part of Kaizen-- a system of continual
improvement -- which is a component of lean manufacturing.
provides a methodology for organising a productive work environment. This is alean manufacturing tool enabling operators to improve their efficiency throughorganising their work place.
The Five S program focuses on
having visual order, organization, cleanliness andstandardization. The results you can expect from a Five S program are: improvedprofitability, efficiency, service and safety.The principles underlying a Five S program at first appear to be simple, obviouscommon sense. And they are. But until the advent of Five S programs many businessesignored these basic principles.
What types of businesses benefit from a Five S program?
Everyone and all types of business benefit from having a Five S program.Manufacturing and industrial plants come to mind first, as those are the business thatcan realize the greatest benefits. However, any type of business, from a retail store to apower plant -- from hospitals to television stations -- all types of businesses, and allareas within a business, will realize benefits from implementing a Five S program.
Five S is driven by 5 Pillars of improvement
The Five S pillars:
- the first step in making things cleaned up and organized
Set in Order (Seiton)
- organize, identify and arrange everything in a work area
- regular cleaning and maintenance