In short, the 5S Board is a visual way to implement and sustain the 5S process.  Above all, make your own 5S board to show the 5S process in a visual way. Furthermore, break the process down into visual steps. Therefore use you board to assess progress, at a glance.

Make a 5S board to work smarter

Create a 5S board to organise your workspace. Work smarter (literally). Furthermore, increase performance and productivity as a result. Most importantly, create your own board to make ordering your workplace easy. Likewise, bring the team together to assess progress and get results.

Understanding the 5S process

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”.

5S board - colour coded status
Track progress and productivity
mobile whiteboard with status dial
Achieve results with the 5S process

5S board – support Sort

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. Assess and log what action to take on your board.

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

Set in order

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.

Scheduling Shine

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 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

Standardise the 5S process

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, 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.

Sustain the 5S habit

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

Fifth 5S - Sustain - 5S board
Finally, keep the 5S habit going
Tool Shadow Board
Utilise a tool shadow to organise your workspace

Further Visual Management ideas that work with your 5S board

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.

Creating your own tool shadow boards orders your workspace and supports Shine.

Examples of our 5S Boards

Add document holders to your 5S board

Make instant daily 5S progress updates

Add status sliders to your 5S board

Floor markings segregate work areas

Custom 5S board

Store equipment safely

Use 5S boards for instant status updates

Add custom status dials to your board

Floor markings for safety

Floor markings for distance procedures

Works everyday of the month

Safely store machinery

Create a tool shadow board for 5S

Colour coded 5S board for status

Safe and organised workspace

Instant updates with status dials

Custom floor markings for equipment

Mark out your factory space

Workspace equipment safely stored

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Our Approach

We create visual management boards everyday. As a result we have plenty of experience. We work for organisations in food production, the power industry, national rail, pharmaceuticals, education, healthcare, packaging and distribution.

Our team works with a simple idea or sketch and creates a professionally designed layout. This is then turned into a highly functional visual management board.

We offer customised options because we want to create the perfect board for you. So, here are a few examples. We can add magnetic areas or a dry-wipe finish (for use with whiteboard pens). Furthermore, you can choose Red/Green sliders or R.A.G. (Red, Amber, Green) status dials so you can quickly and visually update your board. These are just a few examples of the ways in which our boards can be tailored to meet your needs. You may also be interested in whiteboard overlays that can be used on top of an existing magnetic board.

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