5S – JOEST creates the basis for optimized workmanship

Categories: Published 12/23/2016

A clean and tidy work environment is the basis for high-quality workmanship. This is the goal of the 5S program from Japan, which translates into English as: sort out, clean up, workplace cleanliness, make tidiness mandatory and adhere to (and improve on) all points.

With the help of the consulting firm Dr. Schönheit und Partner from Cologne, Germany, JOEST is successively implementing the “Lead to Lean” concept in all production areas and in logistics. It all started with the establishment of a dedicated 5S “learnshop” at the company’s final assembly facility, whose findings have been/are being transferred to the relevant areas of the business in order to further optimize our internal processes and workflows. Through ongoing workshops and continuous further development, inefficient activities and unnecessary transit/waiting times are now being minimized. In addition, structured processes and improved tidiness and cleanliness are enhancing the already high quality of our machines.

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