5S is the Foundation of any Lean Program


The 5S methodology is a framework that provides an outline for approaching organization that can truly transform a workplace. 5S is a systematic approach relying on visual management that consists of five steps: Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain. The purpose of 5S is often boiled down to just organization, but it is

Gemba – A Powerful Piece of your Lean Toolbox

Lean manufacturing has a toolbox filled with tools and strategies that work to reduce wastes, involve workers from levels, and improve a facility’s efficiency. One of the most commonly used tools is Gemba. Gemba is a Japanese word meaning “the real place.” Taking a Gemba walk means walking around a specific area to observe processes

Poka Yoke: What’s it all about?

In the world of Lean manufacturing there are many several Japanese terms used to describe concepts and strategies. One of these terms is Poka Yoke, or mistake proofing. To avoid inadvertent errors. Essentially, Poka Yoke is the practice of building mechanisms into a process in order to keep workers from making mistakes. It encourages developer

Tool Organization & Control with Foam Kits

A cluttered and disorganized tool chest or workbench can cost your workplace both time and money.  Whether your company is working towards a completed 5S project or you’re just looking for a new and efficient way to organize your tools, a foam tool kit is an excellent way to go. Tool foam organizers do not