The philosophy of 5S represents a way of focusing and thinking in order to better organize and manage workspace, specifically by eliminating the 8 wastes as defined by the Lean Manufacturing system. It is one of the most widely used and fundamental components of Lean Manufacturing. Its simple, common-sense application is highly effective and reliable as a stabilizing force in Lean strategies.
5S is defined as a methodology that results in a workplace that is clean, uncluttered, safe, and well organized to help reduce waste and optimize productivity. It's designed to help build a quality work environment, both physically and mentally. The 5S philosophy applies in any work area suited for visual control and lean production. The 5S condition of a work area is critical to employees and is the basis of customers' first impressions.
5S is a method of organizing a workspace to make it safe, efficient and effective. The goal of 5S is to create a clean, uncluttered environment that allows people to do their jobs without wasting time, while also lowering the risk of injury.
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