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5S Operational Excellence

5S Operational Excellence
by Florian Geiger

5S is the basis for Operational Excellence

Health, safety and discipline are among the most important principles of an organization. Below 5S, sometimes also called 5A, is summarized.

  • Sort
  • Set in Order
  • Shine/Sweep
  • Standardize
  • Sustain

Only when the advantages are evident for everyone, can the workforce be mobilized and the path to Operational Excellence can be jointly pursued. Acceptance is the key to success.

5S: Clear goals / Simple controls

We place special value on the inclusion of the workforce, as 5S functions only communally, but then workforce satisfaction and productivity increases can be sustained. Therefore, we make our 5S approach concrete and understandable to all employees. We mutually agree upon specific assignments with every affected worker and assign each 5S-role clear targets which can be easily measured.

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5S tailored

With 5S we transform the work environment on-site. For us the 5S approach is not just a philosophy, but is always expressed in specific tasks with measurable results.

Measurability and reproducibility are the requirements for a successful 5S initiative. In order to increase acceptance by the workforce, we include them directly in the process by forming improvement teams. Our OpEx consultants prepare action plans tailored to your company’s needs. We place special importance on a clear division of assignments and their reproducibility in various areas. Using the Continuous Improvement Cycle (CIC) our consultants initiate a continuous process.

Typical Results of the 5S-Concept

  • Increased motivation of the workforce
  • Productivity improvement
  • Reduction of errors
  • Quantitative evaluation of the improvement

5S in Action

As part of an Operational Excellence Initiative we introduced 5S in two plants to increase operating productivity in a chemical Industry company. Through intensive inclusion of the affected employees our tailored action plan showed early successes. Building on this, several CIT (Continuous Improvement Teams) were trained and supported on site.

Teams were guided with the aid of Continuous Improvement Cycles (CIC). Consequently the steady improvement process was integrated in the day-to-day workplace and became a sustainable standard procedure to mobilize the organization. Therefore the 5S-Initiative led to more productivity through motivated and trained employees.