SORT: Organize, look at your facility and find out what you really need and tag what you don’t.
SET IN ORDER: Orderliness, arrange what you do need in a way that is most revalent and easy for the operation.
SAFETY: Analyze the potential hazards ( Task Hazard Analysis) and improve those you can and bring attention to those you can’t. This benefits the safety of the people and product.
SWEEP, Cleanliness, Clean and make the area look good. Sometimes this could mean a paint job, improve lighting etc.
STANDARDIZE, Labeling areas, visual work instructions, notices, etc. Finally,
SUSTAIN, this is the hardest of all. This is the discipline and the expectation you drive to maintain this culture “EVERYDAY”.
You may ask how does this lower my operating cost? Well, as you are implementing this program you are going to find ways of improving the operation and eliminating tasks and procedures that do not bring value to the process. Ex: By finding the proper home for items used in the operation ( things as simple as a trash can, broom, canister for the counter-stacker) could save your personal thousands of unnecessary steps they take everyday and reduce non-valued time lost. The key to the success of this program is getting everyone involved. Have the people that work in those areas be part of and play a major role in the decision making, after all who knows it better than them. This will also promote “buy-in” and “pride” in their workplace. Another recommendation is plant walks 4 to 6 times a day. Sometimes we find ourselves stuck in the office on the phone or computer for countless hours. Find the time to break away and do your Plant walks, stay in touch with the process.