5S, 7 Wastes & Value Stream Mapping

Five Pillars

5S or the 5 pillars of the visual workplace is a systematic process of workplace organization.

  • Sortremove all items from the workplace that are NOT needed for current production.
  • Set in Orderarranging needed items so that they are easy to find and put away. Items used often are placed closer to employee.
  • Shinemaking sure everything is clean, functioning & ready to go
  • Standardizethe method you use to maintain the first 3S’s.
  • Sustainmaking a habit of properly maintaining correct procedures.

Seven Wastes

(7) Wastes consist of:

  1. Overproduction
  2. Waiting
  3. Transporting
  4. Inappropriate Processing
  5. Unnecessary Inventory
  6. Unnesssary / Excess Motion
  7. Defects

Value Stream Mapping

Value Stream Mapping involves mapping information and product flow for a given value stream. The mapping is done in such a way that allows one to visualize the current state and to plan and implement a future state with measurable goals.