- June 29, 2020 at 12:49 pm #374roordKeymaster
By creating a quality work environment with 5S, companies are able to improve the quality of their products or services. Often referred to as a quality improvement tool, 5S is used to declutter spaces, organize workstations, and set them up to simplify tasks for workers. By eliminating wasteful activities from the production process, 5S increases the value and quality for customers. Other indirect benefits of 5S, like a safer workplace, also helps to boost quality of the output.
Another way 5S improves quality is by reducing or eliminating wastes in the workspace, which in turn eliminates inefficiencies in the space and enhancing productivity. When implemented within a Lean framework and paired with Kaizen, the opportunities for quality improvement are limitless.
Has your facility invested in the 5S methodology? Share below what changes in quality, no matter how big or small, your organization has experienced!
- September 23, 2020 at 6:44 pm #3865sguyModerator
We had a recent 5S project in our shipping warehouse where our forklifts would pick orders. The visual system that was in place on our inventory racks were basically non-existent. We were having a large turnover in staff and anytime we had a new forklift driver, it would take them months to grasp what aisles and racks to go to and pick the correct parts on the orders. Only the drivers that worked at the company for a long period of time would know where to go, however, this was causing quality issues because of the wrong items being pulled. The warehouse lacked visual signs and proper grouping of parts on racks. We ended up grouping like/similar parts together on the racks with large visual signs that we made using a label printer. It was a large project but the quality issues have improved greatly in our shipping department.
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