5S Consulting Training Implementation


We consider 5S and Visual Controls to be the foundation of Lean Manufacturing systems. 5S and Visual Controls are workplace organizational tools that provide the necessary groundwork for workplace improvement. 5S and Visual Controls ensure that there is a place for everything and that everything is in its place—clean and ready to use. Mattcons will educate your team in 5S and support them during the implementation of a pilot project. This project can be replicated in other areas. This education teaches employees to be self-directed and to adopt Lean Manufacturing throughout your facility. We can help you establish a team-based corporate culture that empowers your workforce and instils the desire for continuous improvement.

Pre-5S … Post-5S …
  • Scrounge
  • Steal
  • Stash
  • Scramble
  • Search
  • Sort
  • Set
  • Shine
  • Standardize
  • Sustain

5S Process

SORT - The first stage of 5S is to organize the work area, leaving only the tools and materials necessary to perform daily activities. When “sorting” is well implemented, communication between workers is improved and product quality and productivity are increased.

SET IN ORDER - The second stage of 5S involves the orderly arrangement of needed items so they are easy to use and accessible for “anyone” to find. Orderliness eliminates waste in production and clerical activities.

SHINE - The third stage of 5S is keeping everything clean and swept. This maintains a safer work area and problem areas are quickly identified. An important part of “shining” is “Mess Prevention.” In other words, don’t allow litter, scrap, shavings, cuttings, etc., to land on the floor in the first place.

STANDARDIZE - The fourth stage of 5S involves creating a consistent approach for carrying out tasks and procedures. Orderliness is the core of “standardization” and is maintained by Visual Controls. We will teach the benefits of:

  • Signboard strategy
  • Signboard uses
  • Painting strategy
  • Color-coding strategy
  • Shadow boarding

SUSTAIN - This last stage of 5S is the discipline and commitment of all other stages. Without “sustaining”, your workplace can easily revert back to being dirty and chaotic. That is why it is so crucial for your team to be empowered to improve and maintain their workplace. When employees take pride in their work and workplace it can lead to greater job satisfaction and higher productivity.

Benefits of 5S

  • Improve safety
  • Decrease down time
  • Raise employee morale
  • Identify problems more quickly
  • Develop control through visibility
  • Establish convenient work practices
  • Increase product and process quality
  • Strengthen employees’ pride in their work
  • Promote stronger communication among staff
  • Empower employees to sustain their work area

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