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What is 5S & 6S?

5S and 6S is a workplace safety, organization, and cleanliness methodology originally adopted for use in manufacturing environments, then expanded throughout multiple industries to aid in supporting differing workplace management systems. The 5S methodology is based on a cycle of continuous improvement and flow of steps that address comprehensive reorganization.



The 6S System



5S is designed to be a visual program where tools, material and inventory are all correctly identified and placed for optimum use and efficiency. 5S also helps to improve safety, quality, equipment life, employee morale, and more by reducing or eliminating wasted activities like searching for tools or parts, dealing with lost product, processing WIP, or underutilizing people.5S is often used as a first step in the Lean transformation. Without experience, it is sometimes easier to attain major improvements with a 5S event than trying to tackle a complete Kaizen event.

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fawzi March 2, 2013 at 9:39 am

Dear team ,
Thank first of all for nice website and pictures about 5s I need to star my team to implemented the 5S , I like to on member in your team please keep me in loop .

Have a nice day


Dean McCollum November 6, 2013 at 8:29 pm

I have been given the task of implementing 5S / 6S at my work place….help!!!!!!


Bala March 23, 2014 at 1:12 pm

very helpful and practible


Bala March 23, 2014 at 1:12 pm



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