5S philosophy hits home

5S philosophy hits home

BY BETH ENGLISH At least once or twice a year, I hear these dreaded words: “We really need to clean the garage.” We clean it. We really do. But, inevitably, because it’s a little used space, things seem to pile up—boxes of Christmas decorations, gardening tools, buckets to wash the car and so on. And […]

Putting the 5S philosophy to work

Putting the 5S philosophy to work

BY JULIE A. PALM Lean manufacturing techniques and a clean, well-organized facility can reduce waste, improve efficiencies and boost profits A decades-old lean manufacturing technique that helps reduce waste, increase productivity and product quality, improve worker safety, and create a climate of continuous improvement could give you a significant advantage over your competitors today. We’re talking […]