The concepts of 5S are deciding what should be kept, where it should be kept, and how it should be stored. This decision making process usually comes from a dialog about standardization which builds a clear understanding, between employees, of how work should be done. It also instils ownership of the process in each employee. 5S are translated from Japanese - Seiri (Sorting), Seiton (Simplifying), Seisō Sweeping, Seiketsu (Standardizing), Shitsuke (Maintaining and reviewing standards). The key concept is to order items or activities in a manner to promote work flow. By assigning everything a location, time is not wasted by looking for things. Additionally, it is quickly obvious when something is missing from its designated location.
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