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The Origin of the 5S Approach

{mosimage}“5S” is an acronym based on five Japanese words that individually indicate an active step involving an improvement approach for efficiency in daily work activities.

  • Seiri: ELIMINATION
  • Seiton: ORGANIZATION
  • Seiso: CLEANING
  • Seiketsu: ORDER
  • Shitsuke: SUSTAIN

This is the easiest step toward progress and it is also the step that must be considered as primary in all activities because it provides the foundation for all lean-manufacturing implementation projects.

The characteristics of 5S make it possible to connect with all individuals while recognizing their responsibilities. These characteristics can also be applied to each company team in terms of management and ways to improve better ways for efficiency concerning the work activities of each team’s sector.

All companies that have achieved a “world class” level have applied and continue to apply the 5S standards.

Affiliation with the Japanese culture is not required in order to understand and apply the 5S standards.

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