5S or 7S Workplace Organization/Lean Manufacturing (What Happened to 6S?)

Date: Thursday,
March 9, 2023

10:00 AM PST | 01:00 PM EST

60 Minutes
Kenneth Zabel 
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5S began as part of the Toyota Production System (TPS), the manufacturing method begun by leaders at the Toyota Motor Company in the early and mid-20th century. This system, often referred to as Lean Manufacturing in the West, aims to increase the value of products or services for customers.

This is often accomplished by finding and eliminating waste from production processes. The term 5S comes from five Japanese words that each represent one part of a five-step process that can improve the overall function of a business:

  • Seiri
  • Seiton
  • Seiso
  • Seiketsu
  • Shitsuke

In English these are often translated to:
  • Sort
  • Set in Order
  • Shine
  • Standardize
  • Sustain

  • Safety
  • Spirit

Why you should Attend: 5S and 7S are processes and methods for creating and maintaining an organized, clean, safe, and high performance workplace. Having a disorganized workplace will cost you time, money, employee satisfaction, and likely create customer dissatisfaction. Implementing these processes is an easy and cost-efficient way of overcoming these barriers. The benefits to addressing these areas are many – including higher efficiencies, less stress, fewer accidents, higher levels of quality, fewer breakdowns.

In recent times, Safety has been added as the 6th S in the 6S model. The addition of this “new S” was fitting and a needed extension. This step involves ensuring that the operationalization of work and the work environment meet all required safety standards. However 6S is often confused with 6 Sigma.
  • Safety improvements: An organized workplace and established procedures will reduce accidents and damage
  • Quality improvements: By having an organized workplace, there will be fewer lost items, fewer damaged items, and less of an opportunity for delays of customer deliveries
  • Process improvements: If you are spending time looking for something that is not in its place, you are wasting time. If something is put in an inconvenient location or is difficult to retrieve, that slows down the process. If you inadvertently misplace something and have to go purchase another one, only to find that you already have two that were hiding, you are losing money
5S (and the 6th S) help to create a better working environment, reduce waste while improving efficiency & quality. For the company, these tools turn into the bottom for all different Lean Manufacturing tools to be used. They are designed to help build a quality work environment, both physically & mentally.

7S - Spirit: As leaders understand the impact of company culture and the importance of respect for employees, the need for this additional component becomes clear. While some organizations successfully implement the traditional 5S (6th S) methods, many are choosing to add Spirit - 7S - as an additional piece to make explicit the reliance on the people factor and the need to continually keep it in mind as other steps are undertaken.

Areas Covered in the Session:
  • Sort through materials, keeping only essential; items needed to complete tasks
  • Set in Order: Ensure that all items are organized and each item has a designated place
  • Shine: Proactive efforts to keep workplace areas clean and orderly to ensure purpose-driven work
  • Standardize: Create a set of standards for both organization and processes
  • Sustain new practices and conduct audits to maintain discipline
  • Safety: While it should be considered within the previous steps, having safety spelled out as an additional important step gives safety additional importance and focus
  • Spirit: explicit the reliance on the people factor

Who Will Benefit:
  • Production Managers
  • Safety Managers
  • Operation Managers
  • Manufacturing Engineers
  • Lean Manufacturing Engineers

Speaker Profile
Kenneth Zabel began his career in quality management working for global product certification agencies. After working for NSF International for ten years, he managed certification programs at ETL Semko (Intertek) and CSA International (Canadian Standards Association). Ken has trained certification engineers and auditors across North America and in the U.K., Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, China, and South Korea. He has conducted workshops in Dubai for governmental administrators from Saudi Arabia on the benefits of, and how to implement programs compliant with ISO 9001:2015.

Ken’s SMETA and social compliance auditing began in 2017 for Asia Inspection (today QIMA). As a contractor, he has also conducted audits for ELEVATE, SGS North America, Intertek, Bureau Veritas, and UL-STR (Underwriter’s Laboratories).

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