THE FIRST 2 S’ OF THE 5S METHOD ARE CRITICAL STEPS TO INCREASING PRODUCTIVITY AND IMPROVING SAFETY, THE FIRST BEING ‘SORT’, AND THE SECOND ‘SET IN ORDER’.
Sorting is the first phase of 5S. When you sort, you remove items from the work area that aren’t needed for current production needs. This may mean you store them somewhere long-term, move them to a different area or department, or even dispose of them. This process can be aided by red tagging, this is designed to help you sort by going around the work area and putting a red tag on everything that’s unnecessary.
SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK WHILE RED TAGGING ARE:
- Is this item needed?
- If it is needed, is it needed in this quantity?
- If it is needed, how frequently is it used?
- If it is needed, should it be located here?
- Who is ultimately responsible for the item? (Verify from that person)
Then you can collect all the red-tagged items, put them in a central holding area, and deal with them appropriately item-by-item. At this
- Items or equipment used hour by hour or day by day should be kept within arm’s reach of the point of use.
- Items or equipment used once a week or once a month should be kept within the work area.
- Items or equipment used less frequently should be stored in a more distant location.
- Unneeded or unnecessary items should be stored in the holding area. – Each department should have their own holding area.
However, it isn’t only equipment and stock that need to be
When you Sort and Set in Order it increases productivity and efficiency within your facility, by removing unnecessary items, and logically
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