5S – Implementation and Support

By Dr. Alin Posteucă

Although the 5S method is the basis of management, often the 5S concept simply remains a rather meaningless slogan in some companies.

It is often the case that after several years since the “completion of 5S implementation”, some managers still have questions like: “Why 5S to us?”.

Managers say that many unnecessary activities are still being done, that many activities have large variations and are irregular or that some activities are beyond the actual capacity of the employees to be carried out. The effects of these activities are easily seen: (1) excessively used space, (2) poor quality, (3) excessive fatigue and risky human activities, (4) overstretching and forced degradation of equipment, (5) WIP, (6) long downtime, (7) many useless items in the workplace, (8) low customer and employee confidence, (9) long set-up, etc.

In this context, 5S requires full involvement of managers: clear goals and directions for the sort and set in order, 5S master plan, 5S manuals and 5S audit sheets, clear procedures, 5S continuous support audit system, 5S training etc.

So, do you think managers are involved as much as they should in the ongoing implementation and support of 5S?

Source: Alin Posteucă on LinkedIn

Dr. Alin Posteucă is the founder and CEO of Exegens®, a global consulting firm specialized in cost competitiveness improvement and operational excellence. It helps customers create and implement profitable strategies and cost improvement programs that ensure a unit cost improvement of at least 6% per year for each of the next 5 years by maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of operations.

He is the author of Manufacturing Cost Policy Deployment (MCPD) concept, published in three books at Productivity Press – Routledge/ CRC, New York (USA). The latest, ”Manufacturing Cost Policy Deployment (MCPD) Profitability Scenarios: Systematic and Systemic Improvement of Manufacturing Costs” (October 2018) is based on its main belief that the annual and multiannual target profit can be achieved irrespective of the sales volumes, increasing or decreasing. He is also the co-author of the book ”Manufacturing Cost Policy Deployment (MCPD) and Methods Design Concept (MDC): The Path to Competitiveness”, published at Productivity Press New York (USA), 2017, as well as the author of the book ”Manufacturing Cost Policy Deployment (MCPD) Transformation: Uncovering Hidden Reserves of Profitability”, published at Productivity Press din New York (USA), February 2018.

Alin Posteucă has more than 20 years of experience in Cost Improvement consulting and training. He has a PhD degree in Industrial Engineering and a PhD degree in Economics.