INFINAIR LEAN FOR YOU——5S: Detail, detail, and detail
Why in the army, officers require the soldiers cut short hair and keep their shoes and guns shining? Because this is something related to the result of war, to the ability to win. 5S practices in companies inherited the same philosophy.
LEAN and 5S
LEAN MANUFACTURING is a management concept summarized by scholars organized by MIT in 1980s, after studied the TOYOTA manufacturing practice.
Actually there is no secret in LEAN, all information are open and easily accessible. It is more or less something about how much efforts, energy, and investment you are willing to put into it.
5S is the most fundamental and important methodology among so many LEAN methods. INFINAIR invested, practiced and harvested a lot from 5S.
What is 5S
5S was developed in Japan and was identified as one of the techniques that enabled JIT (Just in Time) manufacturing.
5S is the name of a workplace organization method that uses a list of five Japanese words: seiri, seiton, seiso, seiketsu, and shitsuke. Transliterated into English, they all start with the letter "S". The list describes how to organize a workspace for efficiency and effectiveness by identifying and storing the items used, maintaining the area and items, and sustaining the new order. The decision-making process usually comes from a dialogue about standardization, which builds understanding among employees of how they should do the work.
Here you would find some so detailed practices how INFINAIR improve our 5S.
Case 1: Forklift fixation
Before: the forklift can be parked wherever people park it, and then they look for it everywhere when next people need it.
After: suitable quantity of forklift was calculated, more forklift was purchased, time saved for people to wait for it, and each forklift has a fixed place to park.
Case 2: Tools fixation
Before: tools are mixed and piled up, wastes lot of time look for a certain one.
Case 3: Safety helmet fixation
Case 4: Workshop working place Seiton
Case 5: Housekeeping accessories fixation
Case 6: Hoisting belt fixation
Before: mixed and applicable hoisting weight not identified which may cause accident.
After:Fixed position to place and applicable hoisting weight clearly marked.
Case 7: Mobile tooling fixation
Case 8: Machine workplace Seiton
Case 9: Workplace oddments Seiton
Before: just piled up
Case 10: Protection film fixation
Before: put on the ground and easy to be broken
Case 11: Steel plates fixation
Before：piled up and not easy to access
After: A tailor made trolley save lot of time and workforce to carry the plates
Case 12: Oilcloth recycling Seiton
Case 13: Equipment maintenance Seiton
These are just a glance; INFINAIR LEAN MANUFACTURING is always on its way. From the optimistic side, we still have a huge room for improvement. The core of such continuous efforts, are focused on establish and create value for you, because we believe these efforts would finally improve the quality, service, and leads to your satisfaction.