5S is part of the Toyota Production System. 5S is meant to reduce waste and increase productivity by organizing spaces, keeping a clean work environment, and using visual cues to improve results. In this article, we will cover the five pillars of 5S and their benefits.
1. Sort (Seiri)
The first step of 5S aims to eliminate unnecessary items from the workplace that take up space. Sorting rids the workplace of broken tools and excess materials and is usually done visually by tagging unneeded items and removing them to reclaim floor space.
2. Set in Order (Seiton)
With the sorting out of the way, it’s time to focus on creating effective storage methods. Creating efficient storage methods allows employees to pick out needed items more easily - whether that’s a tool for maintenance or in an office space, to find needed information in a timely manner.
3. Shine (Seiso)
Once strategies for organization and storage are established, the next step is to make sure to clean the work environment. A clean work environment has the benefit of allowing employees to better identify issues with equipment or identify the most recent copy of a document in digital format.
4. Standardize (Seiketsu)
After completing the first three pillars, it’s important to create consistency in the workplace by implementing best practices. Some tools that can help standardize the workplace are checklists, start-up procedures, and visual cues such as placards.
5. Sustain (Shitsuke)
The last, and often considered the most difficult, pillar of 5S is maintaining all of the pillars you have already established. It can be helpful to create newsletters, manuals, signs, and performance reviews to sustain the practices put in place.
5S is a method for increasing productivity in the workplace and reducing waste by implementing its five pillars. Here at Adonis, we offer Lean/Sigma Coaching that will equip you with a deeper understanding of how to implement 5S through the Lean & Six Sigma toolkit.
Supply chain optimization is all about getting the product into the customer’s hands when they want it while spending as little money as possible. Since supply chains involve so many organizations and processes to get the product to the customer, it can be easy to overlook possible ways to optimize and save money. In this article, we will provide you with three ways you can save money through supply chain optimization.
Identify Reorder Points
If you want to save money, it’s better to create a specific marker for when supplies need to be replenished. Ordering more than you need in advance with the expectation that you will eventually use the ordered supplies is not cost efficient. Determine reorder points so that you can save money and optimize your resources.
Utilize data analysis
Identify physical and information flows in your supply chain and use data analysis to help eliminate unnecessary steps in the production process. Data analysis can reveal the inner workings of your supply chain and determine which areas need to be improved to increase revenue and avoid errors and prevent waste.
The Lean Six Sigma approach to optimizing the supply chain relies on quick responses to changes in supply and demand during times of crisis and business cycles. As a business, you need to ensure that you are being flexible with your supply chain so that you can respond to the satisfaction of your customers.
Supply chain optimization is a critical aspect in reducing costs and increasing revenue, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. By providing Lean/ Six Sigma Coaching and performance insights and analytics, our expert consultants here at Adonis can help you grow and optimize your supply chain to its fullest.
COVID-19 has created a situation where many businesses and companies find themselves with no choice but to adapt. In this post, we will be going over how the manufacturing industry is continually adapting in response to COVID-19.
Furloughs and Layoffs
According to a survey conducted by The Conference Board, 45% of those in the manufacturing industry expected to implement layoffs and furloughs between May and July, with 29% already having done so in April. Furloughs and layoffs reflect a large drop in revenue, and many manufacturers are experiencing a need to reduce labor costs because of the sharp decrease in demand. Manufacturers will likely continue to issue layoffs to cope with the effects of COVID-19 in the coming months.
A Shift to Remote Work
While only 1 in 14 employees for a manufacturer worked from home before the virus, that number may become 1 in 3. The long-term consequences of the virus may result in more of a shift to remote work, barring only those working at physical plants. The long-term effects of this shift may demand more flexibility for production workers, a need to increase digital capabilities, and accelerated automation of plants.
Stabilizing Growth Through Products
In sectors where the demand is beginning to wane, manufacturers will find themselves focusing on the products which have the highest chance of achieving stability and growth, while slowing or shutting down production volumes of products that are in much less demand. It’s likely that many manufacturers will review and adjust their supply chain strategies in order to lessen the shock of disruptions
Giving You the Tools to Adapt
A lot has changed thanks to COVID-19, and manufacturing is no exception. What remains most important for both you as a manufacturer and for us at Adonis is to promote sustainable growth and give you the tools necessary to adapt to the changes in manufacturing brought about by the virus.