Create 5S visual management boards to organise your workspace. Work smarter (literally). Increase performance and productivity. Above all, create your own 5S visual management board to make ordering your workplace easy for all the team.

Why our 5S Boards Work






How do 5S Visual Management Boards work?

In short, the 5S Visual Management Board is a visual way to implement and sustain the 5S process, daily.

Let’s answer more fully how 5S Visual Management Boards help. Therefore, let’s explore 5S in greater detail…

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Reddy Ice Kaizen 5S
Make your board dry wipe. Likewise, add status labels or document holders
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Use your 5S board to assess your daily progress

5S Overview

5S is an assessment process for organising your workplace.

Originating from Japan, this method focuses on five Japanese words. These all start with an ‘S’ hence the “5S” title.  Furthermore, these translate as “Sort”, “Set in order”, “Shine”, “Standardise” and “Sustain”.

Above all, make your own 5S visual management board to show the 5S process in a visual way. Break it down into each of the five steps.

Most importantly, use your 5S board to assess you progress and track results.

5S: defining each S

Firstly, “Sort” refers to assessing all equipment and items in the workspace. In other words, it’s the decluttering phase. Above all, determine if anything needs to be removed, recycled or relocated. Furthermore, take action.

Use this section of your own 5S board to show how this process works in your workplace. Likewise, make it clear to all your team, at a glance.

First 5S - 5S board
Firstly, decluttering phase
Second 5S - Set in Order - 5S board
Secondly, order equipment to cause least waste of time, space and effort

Secondly, “Set in order”. That is to say, what is the most logical way of setting out and storing equipment? This requires thinking in terms of space, frequency of use and so on. Ultimately, equipment needs to be ordered in a way that causes least waste of time, space and effort. Creating your own tool shadow boards helps this part of the process.

Meanwhile, “Shine” refers to cleaning the workspace. It also extends to keeping equipment and machinery in good order. That is to say, planning, scheduling and managing regular maintenance checks. Use your 5S Visual Management Board to show this procedure in a visual way.

Third 5S - Shine - 5S board
Furthermore, clean and maintain workspace and equipment
Fourth 5S - Standardise - 5S board
Most importantly, make 5S a habit

Subsequently, “Standardise” means turning the activities of the first 3 Ss into a continuing habit. In other words, create standard operating procedures to maintain an orderly and organised workspace. Most importantly, this is where visual management works. Custom make your very 5S board in support of this. Use it to set and show your 5S standards in way that is immediately clear.

Finally, the fifth S is for “Sustain”. In other words, keep up the 5S habit. Make in into a continuing cycle. Above all, adopt it as part of your workplace culture.

Fifth 5S - Sustain - 5S board
Finally, keep the 5S habit going

5S Examples

floor markings
Floor markings for safety and organisation

Further Visual Management ideas for 5S

Floor markings are useful to organise your workspace. Segregate key areas, or equipment. Furthermore, use them to mark out different areas in a clear way.

Use labels and signs to show key information about equipment. For visual effect, consider colour coding.

You might want magnetic document holders or numbered magnetic stickers, so choose magnetic areas on your board. Similarly, you might want to add colour coded updates for instant visibility. These are just some examples of how our boards are further customised to meet your needs. We do this because, above all, they are made to work for you.

SQDC Boards for shift patterns

So design your SQDC board to include and record single/double or even triple shift patterns. Furthermore, with a dry wipe option for easy recording. Above all, reflect your processes visually and make easy daily updates.

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Use single, double or triple shift patterns on your SQDC board

Options and accessories

Further board options

  • Printed whiteboard example Ferrero
  • Visual management board for Cobb
  • Magnetic overlay for modular visual management board
  • Handheld printed whiteboard
  • Mobile whiteboard for PFU

So show your visual display on any of these options. Firstly, a Frameless Board. Secondly, a Printed Whiteboard. Likewise, a Magnetic Overlay (covers any magnetic whiteboard). On the other hand, choose a Mobile Whiteboard (double sided options available). Finally, Handheld Whiteboard. In short, standard and custom sizes available. Furthermore, use indoors, outdoors or in wet production areas.

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Further board accessories

  • status dials modular visual management board
  • Magnetic numbers for modular visual management board
  • Red green status sliders modular visual management board
  • Status Indicators
  • pass fail magnetic labels for visual management boards

So all our board options work with our board accessories and status indicators.  Above all, these add visual functionality. Therefore, accessories include a range of status indicators. Likewise, many magnetic options. For example, magnetic headers and magnetic labels. Furthermore, add document holders. In addition, T-cards and ticket systems. Most importantly, we custom make board accessories. As a result, we meet your needs.

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Our Approach

Most importantly, we make visual management boards everyday. As a result, we have so much experience. Furthermore, we work for organisations throughout the UK. Likewise, in Europe and America.

Similarly, we support businesses in a range of sectors.  Firstly, food production. Secondly, utilities and transport. In addition, pharmaceuticals, education and healthcare. Furthermore, logistics and distribution. Above all, our team works with a simple idea or sketch you have. Subsequently, we custom make you a professional visual management display. As a result, we custom make you a highly functional visual management board.

We offer options so we make the perfect board for you. So, here are a few examples. Firstly, for instance, we add magnetic areas. Similarly, a dry wipe (dry erase) finish. Furthermore, choose status indicators. in addition, board accessories. Therefore, quickly update your board. Above all, in a visual way. In short, make your processes visible. similarly, accessible. Most importantly, at a glance. These are just some examples of the ways in which we meet your needs.

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