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Visual Management and 5S 2017-11-16T04:33:17+00:00

What is Visual Managment?

The goal of visual management is to be able to stand in one spot and swivel 360° and be able to know what is occurring on the operating line, where production stands vs the goals, what the standard practices are and where the problem areas are. These may be possible due to charts in the area, posters of safety issues, posted standard operating procedures, Andon boards with production numbers and markings on all appropriate equipment. None of this is possible though if the area is not clean, orderly and has standardized visual tools.

What is 5S?

Some people refer to 5S as housekeeping on steroids.  But it is more than that – it is a way of organizing and decluttering work areas to improve productivity, reduce costs, and most importantly, increase safety – both worker and food.

Coming from Japan, 5S consists of 5 stages, with each stage having a name beginning with an “s”.

Sort

  • Assessing ALL articles in an area to determine condition and use
  • Removing of all broken, irrelevant, and unused equipment or other such articles

Set-in-Place

  • Determine optimal location for equipment such that all tools necessary to the job can be reached within 30 seconds
  • Removing of all broken, irrelevant, and unused equipment or other such articles

Shine

  • Assessing ALL articles in an area to determine condition and use
  • Removing of all broken, irrelevant, and unused equipment or other such articles

Standardize

  • Assessing ALL articles in an area to determine condition and use
  • Removing of all broken, irrelevant, and unused equipment or other such articles

Sustain

  • Assessing ALL articles in an area to determine condition and use
  • Removing of all broken, irrelevant, and unused equipment or other such articles

What is a Workshop?

Workshops can run from 3-5 days depending on the size of the area. They start off with an introduction to the concepts of Visual Management and 5S, and then get into hands-on application of the tools. Participants will be in the area, putting their hands on everything, making decisions on what stays, what is thrown away and what is sold. They will develop criteria on what goes into the red tag area and how long an item can stay their until it is removed. As a team of people sharing a common area, they will decide where items should be located and how they will be stored, using tools such as shadow boards when appropriate. The team will also develop the set of standards be they activities, operating procedures or guidelines, and training, that will be used going forward to standardize and sustain the clean, organized, safe, efficient workplace that they have created.

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