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6S Improvement Overview

6S is defined as a methodology that leads to a workplace that’s clean, uncluttered, safe, and well organized to help reduce waste and optimize productivity. It's designed to assist build a top-quality work environment, both physically and mentally. The 6S philosophy applies in any work area fitted for visual control and lean production. The 6S condition of a work area atmosphere is critical to employees and is the basis of customers' first impressions.

The Six S'S

The 5S tool is initiated from five Japanese terms beginning with the letter "S" used to create a workplace suited for visual control and lean production, later it was added with Safety and now we call it 6S'. The pillars of 6S are simple to learn and important to implement,

·       Seiri: To segregate required tools, parts, and instructions from unneeded materials and remove unwanted ones.

·       Seiton: To organize neatly and identify parts and tools for ease of use.

·       Seiso: To conduct a cleanup campaign.

·       Seiketsu: To conduct sortset in order, and shine daily to maintain a workplace in perfect condition.

·       Shitsuke: To form the tradition of always following the first four S’s.

·       Safety: Finally concentrate on safety aspects of our initiative, reviewing every action and each area to ensure that we have not overlooked any potential hazards.


The benefits that the 6S program will bring to the organization

  • Improved safety

  • Higher equipment availability

  • Lower defect rates

  • Reduced costs

  • Increased production agility and flexibility

  • Improved employee morale

  • Better asset utilization

  • Enhanced enterprise image to customers, suppliers, employees, and management to be derived from implementing a lean 6S program