IFS Operations Group Deploying Kaizen 5S

March 27, 2017 developer

The IFS Operations Group is implementing Kaizen 5S workplace organization to ensure they are operating in the most efficient manner.

What is Kaizen 5S?

Kaizen 5S methodology originated in Japan and was first implemented by the Toyota Motor Corporation. It is a systematic, visual approach to workplace organization and is widely considered the first step in implementing a Kaizen/Lean culture to reduce waste and improve productivity. Having an organized workplace that utilizes visual cues to maintain itself allows operations to proceed more smoothly.

There are five key practices involved in 5S. They are as follows:

Term Definition
Sort Sort through materials, keeping only the essential items needed to complete tasks. When in doubt, throw it out!
Set in Order Ensure that all items are organized and each item has a designated place. This often involves placing items in ergonomic locations where people will not need to bend or make extra movements to reach them.
Shine This means cleaning and maintaining the newly organized workspace.
Standardize Create a set of standards for both organization and processes. This is where you take the first three S’s and make rules for how and when these tasks will be performed.
Sustain Sustain new practices and conduct audits to maintain discipline. New practices become habit.


Benefits of Kaizen 5S

  • Creates proper environment for standard work
  • Improved Product Quality
  • Less Waste
  • Reduced Costs
  • Less downtime and equipment failures
  • Improved Customer Delivery Times
  • Safer Work Environment

The IFS Operations Group began to implement Kaizen 5S on March 27, 2017 with a facility walk, in which all employees conducted a Facility Walk to explain the 5S methodology. Tentative future  milestone dates include May 8, 2017, when Sorting is scheduled to get underway, June 12, 2017 for Set in Order and July 17, 2017 when the Shine phase tentatively begins. Please note that all dates are tentative and subject to change.

For more information on the Kaizen 5S implementation, see “Kaizen 5S Events Deployment Plan.”


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