The 5S System: Workplace Organization and Standardization

December 06, 2018
8:00AM - 12:30PM
The Moose Lodge, St. Johnsbury, VT
2388 Portland St., St Johnsbury, VT (map)

* Please refer to grant funding opportunities at bottom of this page for companies located in the Northeast Kingdom region of Vermont.

Updated Material!  New Delivery Format!!!
NOTE: Lunch is included in this half day session. 

5S – Sort, Set in order, Shine, Standardize, Sustain – is the foundation of a successful Lean implementation, making possible the use of other Lean techniques and tools: Standardized work cannot be achieved without good 5S; Just in Time becomes deficient if 5S is done poorly and the whole Lean culture cannot be absorbed without the 5S mentality. This workshop has been designed to introduce you to the 5S System and to help you learn basic implementation steps including how to evaluate and audit you own organization.

After attending this workshop, you will:

  • Understand how the 5S system will help you correctly apply Lean techniques by making waste visible and by supporting standardized work requirements;
  • Learn the purpose behind each step and the criteria to evaluate how well each “S” has been implemented;
  • Get a structured format to start using this technique right away in your organization in order to create a pathway for Lean implementation and
  • Be able to begin a 5S implementation and to carry the implementation throughout your organization to make 5S a part of your company culture

5S is widely used in a variety of organizations, including manufacturing, health care, financial institutions and the military. Created and perfected by Toyota, 5S incorporates a system of visual cues that help reduce waste and achieve more consistent operational results by maintaining an orderly workplace.

New Delivery Format!

The first 4 hours are classroom style in a public venue; the next 4 hours are onsite at your facility coaching your team.  This new format splits the 8 hour workshop of instruction and coaching into 2, ½-days.  The first session, consisting of 4 hours, will focus on a classroom presentation with activities, taking place at a public venue. The second 4 hour session, whose date and time are TBD and within 6 weeks following the first half day session, will take place with a VMEC Professional Manufacturing and Business Growth advisor at your facility.  This second portion will serve as a coaching session where we would look at your company’s specific 5S needs and make recommendations so you and your team are able to implement suggested steps.

* The Northeastern Vermont Development Association (NVDA) and the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce (LCRCC) through the Vermont Quebec Enterprise Initiative agree to fund (50%) of VMEC’s fee, with funds from the Northern Border Regional Commission Grant provided the following conditions are met:

  • There must be sign in sheets documenting attendance.
  • The Company must be located in one of the following Vermont counties: Caledonia, Essex, or Orleans.
  • The Company may not be using other funds from other Vermont or Federal agencies in addition to this Grant.
  • The Company will complete a VMEC “Economic Impact Questionnaire” if requested by VMEC.
  • Employees who register and attend will be invoiced at 50% of the posted event rate following the training. Cancellations less than 3 business days before the workshop and no shows will be invoiced the full workshop fee. Substitutions are encouraged to avoid cancellation fees.

Payment: Please make check payable to “VMEC” and mail to PO Box 12, Randolph Center, VT 05061-0012. To pay by credit card (VISA, MC, AMEX), click here.