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Lean: 5-S/Visual

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What is Lean: 5-S/visual?

Lean: 5-S/visual is the process of creating workplace cleanliness and organization including visual signals. The 5-S process includes five steps: sort, set in order, shine, standardize, and sustain. By eliminating the unnecessary, establishing a place for what remains, and cleaning up remaining equipment, tools, and storage devices, clutter is reduced and needed items are readily found. Visual management involves the use of visual cues (e.g. road traffic signs and signals) to assure things happen and improve documentation.

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What are the benefits of Lean: 5-S/visual?

Implementation of Lean: 5-S/visual will help

  • improve safety and communication.
  • reduce time wasted looking for tools and equipment.
  • reduce space requirements.
  • increase compliance with processes and procedures.
  • boost morale by creating a pleasant workplace.

What can CIRAS do for my company?

CIRAS can provide a Lean expert to facilitate Lean: 5-S/visual for a team of company members including both management and production workers. Teams improve the cleanliness and organization of their work areas, reduce waste, and improve process documentation and adherence to standards. 

What is my next step?

Contact these staff members to see what CIRAS can do for you.

Marc A. Schneider563-221-1596