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The 5S method

The 5S method is a systematic approach to designing one's own working environment and can be assigned to lean management. The aim is to minimize any kind of waste, i.e. non-value-adding activities, through a structured organization of the workplace. Originally, the five "S" are derived from the Japanese terms Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu and Shitsuke. Translated into German, they describe the steps of the 5S method: select, systematize, clean, standardize and self-discipline.

During selection (seiri), all elements are removed that are not needed to perform a work step. Sorting out creates more space for work equipment and materials that are actually needed, which increases clarity in the workplace.

Next, the arrangement of tools, equipment and materials in the workplace is systematized (seiton). Attention is paid to ergonomics, frequency of use and sequence. The work equipment and the appropriate storage locations are marked in such a way that a clear allocation is recognizable and deviations from the target condition quickly become visible.

The cleaning (seiso) of the workplace not only serves hygiene purposes, but should also be used as an inspection at the same time, during which deviations from the target condition and defects in work equipment can be detected. The causes of the pollution should be dealt with and, if possible, sustainably reduced and, at best, eliminated.

The fourth S stands for the standardization (Seiketsu) of work areas to enable employees to change jobs without a period of acclimatization and searching or reorientation. Standardization relates, for example, to the arrangement of work equipment or the uniform use of labels or color codes across workplaces. In order to document deviations, 5S audit forms or checklists can be created.

The last step is characterized by self-discipline (shitsuke), because only with self-discipline can all rules be adhered to and processes systematically monitored and continuously improved without falling back into old behaviors.

The 5S method is not a one-time action, but a long-term concept in the sense of the continuous improvement process (CIP), which must be firmly anchored in the corporate culture and integrated into the daily work of employees.

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