Thanks to the North American Die Casting Association for giving us a possible Die Casting Process Improvement New Year's Resolution.
1. Sort: Remove all unnecessary items
2. Set in Order: Arrange items too be used
3. Shine: Clean workplace. Floors, trash, machine, etc.
4. Standardize: Simplify job and content.
5. Sustain: Maintain 5S habit
And some like to add a sixth
6.Safety: Keep Safety in mind during all these steps.
Video News Update: The 5S Concept
The material presented in this video are some highlights from NADCA’s online webinar - Basic Operator Training: Everyone is Involved in Die Setup - presented by Jeff Brennan of Global Mold Tech Management. In this video, Jeff gives a brief description of the 5S concepts.
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For more information on 5S, you may find this guide helpful, it's from an industrial label company. One of the things you'll need to organize your workplace.
The 5S System is one of a number of Lean Manufacturing tools designed to help improve workplace efficiency through facility organization. Its early beginnings can be traced to management methods developed and applied during the American Industrial Revolution. Many early methods were later improved upon in Japan during post-WWII reconstruction. Each now plays a role in helping managers and workers throughout the world systematically achieve greater organization, standardization, and efficiency.
Since Japanese factories first began implementing an early form of 5S decades ago, they experienced unprecedented levels of efficiency, safety, and growth. 5S is even credited with helping Japanese factories eclipse American industrial output and product quality. By the mid-1980s, managers at America’s largest factories were taking serious notice of Japan’s success and began rapidly applying similar systems and methods. One of these systems is known globally today as 5S. Once U.S. factories began implementing 5S, managers saw many of the same dramatic gains in efficiency and reductions in cost —previously seen only in Japan. The term 5S originates from five Japanese words starting with the letter S. They are Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu and Shitsuke. Literally translated, Seiri means tidiness, Seiton means orderliness, Seiso means cleanliness, Seiketsu means standardization, and Shitsuke means discipline. To simplify the system further, five English terms starting with the letter S were substituted to describe each element. They are Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain. Not all facilities use these exact words in their own implementation and may substitute terms better suited for their own specific applications.
The 5S System is designed for flexibility and integration with many other popular workplace efficiency systems and programs. This is because so many share similar goals and may actually originate from the same American or Japanese system. One of the most widely used is Lean or Lean Manufacturing. A derivative of Japan’s Just-In-Time Production (JIT), Lean is popularly used around the world today to improve overall industrial workflow efficiencies. Just as Lean has taken many ideas from popular Japanese systems, JIT and others like it have their roots in early- to mid-20th century American industrial inventions. Ford Motor Company’s assembly line and business-applied statistics both played leading roles in Japan’s post-WWII industrial revolution.
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