Méthode 5S - 5S Method

DEFINITION

The 5S method is one of the basic tools of LEAN visual management. LEAN management is the foundation of the Japanese TPS management system. This technique was created and developed as part of the factory production system, at Toyota (Toyota Production System, aka TPS). The method aims to reduce the waste that is recognized in the processes of a company.

Increasingly applied in large companies, it is a lever for the management of change and the autonomy of teams with the objective of economic stakes and continuous improvement. The 5S method derives its name from the first letter of each of the following five operations:

1. SEIRI (SORT)

Eliminate anything that is broken or no longer needed.
Avoid duplicates.

BENEFITS

Reduce the space needed for inventory.
Reduce inventory costs by cutting down on the number of tools acquired.

2. SEITON (SET IN ORDER)

Locate the strategic locations of what is kept.
Find what you need when you need it, and in just the right numbers.

BENEFITS

Reduce tool transportation distances.

3. SEISO (SHINE)

Plan a layout that allows you to find what you need quickly.
Label your storage areas clearly.

BENEFITS

Reduced time required for inventory tracking.
Reduced tool search time.

4. SEIKETSU (STANDARDIZE)

Apply the method to every workstation and in every workshop.
Standardize all processes with your employees.

BENEFITS

Reduce time spent intervening at workstations and in workshops.

5. SHITSUKE (SUSTAIN)

Quickly detect the deviation from the standard in a workstation.
Respect each item’s designated spot.
Make sure that the new methods are adhered to.

BENEFITS

Improves quality and compliance with the standard work procedure.
Reduce maintenance costs through systematic reduction of equipment loss.

 

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