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5S system

Today, 5S system is considered to be a key feature of the model of an economic production. 5S process includes five steps to form an ideal, productive environment.
5S system involves all members of a collective into a regular action of making an elementary order, and helps the workers to get ready for a more complex, organized, and regular activity.And, despite the apparent simplicity, requires managers’ effort to break the stereotypes of a free and poorly controlled activities. People will easily proceed to the next step after such stereotypes are broken.
5S — Name of methodology of the organization’s working place that uses five Japanese words that start with an English letter «S», which can be translated as:

1. «Sort» — Sort— Get rid of the unneeded— Classify the objects into 3 categories — unimportant, unneeded for now, needed. Have a doubt— Throw it away.
2. «Set in Order» — Follow the order— Each object’s own placement, a proper place for each object.
3. «Shine» — Keep your working place clean— Cleaning, checking, malfunction withdrawal. A clean place is not where you clean up, but where you do not litter.
4. «Standardize» — Standardize procedures of maintaining cleanness and order. Look and decide on what you should always do.
5. «Sustain» — Improve order. The less effort you make, the better.

Unlike the usual cleanup, 5S system assumes, that owners of the process of cleaning up are going to be the employees of the organization themselves. Another key difference between 5S and «usual cleanup» is Seiton, which can be translated as Improvement. The key concept is to make a workflow go smooth. For example, instruments have to be stored in the utilization spot, workers do not have to lean to reach for materials. The movement flow has to be changed to improve the effectiveness, etc.

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