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By Steve Hudgik
This is the second step in a 5S program: organize, arrange, and identify everything in a work area, as well as throughout the facility, so that items can be efficiently and effectively retrieved and returned to their proper storage location.
A variety of names have been used for the second step of 5S. These names include:
This step could also simply be called "put away." Put things away in a logical storage location that makes commonly used tools and materials convenient and easy to access.
The basic focus of this part of 5S is to create efficient and effective storage systems such that anyone can find the tools, materials, and supplies they need, and anyone can return those tools, materials, and supplies to their proper storage locations.
A second key principle of set in order is that the most commonly used tools should be readily available. Those items that are not frequently used should be kept out of the way by storing them in a more remote location.
To accomplish these goals storage areas, cabinets, and shelves should be clearly marked with signs and labels. Place labels on the outside of doors to identify the storage space. Label the interior shelves so that individual items can be consistently and easily returned to their proper storage locations.
Frequently used tools are often stored on shadow boards. The tools hang on the shadow board, with color coded "shadow" labels marking the location of each tool. The "shadows" match the shape and size of the tool, making it easy to see which tool goes where.Don't forget about the floor. Clean and paint floors to make it easier to spot dirt, waste materials and dropped parts and tools. Use DuraLabel floor marking tape to outline areas on the floor so that it is easy to see work areas, movement lanes, storage areas, finished product areas, etc.
The key principle in "5S Set In Order" is: a place for everything and everything in its place, with everything properly identified and labeled.
A 5S map is tool that can help show what needs to be done in the 5S Set In Order step. A 5S map is a diagram, or floor plan, that provides an overview of a work area, a process, a department, office, or work station. It provides a picture that shows where machines, storage areas, work in progress, supplies and workers are located. It should also include a short description of the tasks that are done in the area.
Use a 5S map to identify:
The 5S map serves as a visual aid to help identify logical storage areas, and ways to position equipment and machines that will make access to needed tools and materials easier.
5S Set In Order also applies to offices. For example, work areas in offices should be identified by signs or placards. Papers, blueprints, catalogs, invoices and other paper materials should be appropriately filed. Have bookshelves for frequently used manuals, books and catalogs. Label filing cabinets, drawers, bookshelves, and other storage locations, as well as the materials being stored, so they are easy to identify and materials can easily be returned to their proper place.
There are two important parts to 5S Set In Order - putting everything in its proper place, and setting up a system so that everything can be returned to its proper place. This second step in 5S is where good labeling and identification practices are important. The equipment, tools, and materials you use, as well as their proper storage locations, need to be clearly identified and labeled.
5S Set In Order not only applies to individual work areas. The overall facility should also be systematically organized, including the proper placement of easy-to-understand labels and signs throughout the facility. Piping, valves, control panels, major equipment, doorways, minor equipment, instruments, storage areas, offices and files should all be clearly identified.