Lean Manufacturing & 5S

What is Lean Manufacturing?


What is 5S?

Developed by the Japanese, the 5S System organizes a workplace based on
the five “pillars”:
Workers are encouraged to eliminate
all unnecessary tools and only keep
essential items.
Set in order.
Workers, equipment, parts,
instructions and the work itself flow in an
orderly, productive way that is free from
The workspace and equipment are
clean and organized. At the end of each
shift, workers ensure all work areas are
restored to their original, organized state.
This pillar supports the
previous three by instituting standard best
practices and procedures at each step of
the process.
Sustain/ Systemize.
Maintaining proper procedures is
made a habit throughout the organization.