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 a consultant in productivity and profitability, CEO of Exegens® and the author of Manufacturing Cost Policy Deployment (MCPD) and Speed-Based Target Profit (SBTP) concepts. His major research areas include manufacturing policy deployment, manufacturing cost improvement and visible profitability of operational excellence by improving productivity. His recent research includes the impact of Industry 4.0 on planning and developing synchronous profitable operations and on information systems of cost and budget in order to substantially improve the operational unit costs.

He has been actively involved in various industrial consulting and training projects for more than 20 years, delivering training/ workshop programs in Productivity, Innovation, Business Transformation and Leadership for over 5,000 participants.

He has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and a Ph.D. in Managerial Accounting. He has an MBA Degree and a BA Degree in Accounting and Computer Science and he is certified Public Accountant in Romania. He has published in various research journals and presented papers at numerous conferences and congresses regarding Productivity, Profitability and Industrial Engineering.

Dr. Alin Posteucă is the author of Manufacturing Cost Policy Deployment (MCPD) and Speed-Based Target Profit (SBTP) concepts, published in four books at Productivity Press – Routledge/ CRC, New York (USA).