Phases of 5S
There are 5
primary phases of 5S: sorting, straightening, systematic cleaning,
standardizing, and sustaining. Additionally, there is an additional
phase, safety, that is sometimes included.
Differentiate between the necessary and unnecessary and discard the
Eliminate all unnecessary tools, parts, instructions:
work-in-process; unnecessary tools; unused machinery; defective
products; papers and documents. Go through all
tools, materials, etc., in the plant and work area. Keep only
essential items. Everything else is stored or discarded.
Setting in Order (Seiton): There should be a
place for everything and everything should be in its place. The
place for each item should be clearly labeled or demarcated. Items
should be arranged in a manner that promotes efficient work flow.
Workers should not have to repetitively bend to access materials.
Each tool, part, supply, piece of equipment, etc. should be kept
close to where it will be used (i.e. straighten the flow path).
Seiton is one of the features that distinguishes 5S from