Reply To: Why is 5S considered a visual system?


This is correct. However, let’s make sure to add that 5S is another tool that helps eliminate the 8 wastes defined in lean manufacturing. The 8 wastes include transport, inventory, motion, waiting, overproduction, over-processing, defects, and skills. 5S is another tool in the toolbox to help make a company more lean and efficient. Some of the great visual tools that we have used in our 5S events would be safety signs, floor tape, label makers, red cards, etc… 5S is a great way to make things organized and visual but the most important and difficult step is the last “S”, Sustain. If you can accomplish the last step, your company will be very successful with future lean events and projects.