5S System Success Stories

By on March 10, 2008
5S System Success Stories

For over twenty years, as the initial component of conversions to lean manufacturing, the 5S System has been driving dramatic improvements in the productivity of American workplaces.

For example, companies implementing 5S have documented results such as the following:

  • Manufacturing productivity: Up 31%
  • Space requirements: Down 50%
  • Indirect labor costs: Down 75%
  • Throughput time: Reduced from 15 days to 3 days
  • Estimated savings: Over $1.2 million per year
  • Recovered inventory: Found extra equipment valued at over $100,000
  • Safety incident rate reduction division wide: Down 1.5%
  • Reduction in office supply expenses: $6,000 in first month
  • Reduction in stored parts inventory at one facility: $300,000

We have provided leadership and training for very successful 5S implementation campaigns throughout the St. Louis region for the last five years. Our clients have experienced results comparable to those listed above. In addition, a major manufacturing facility operated by one of our clients was identified as having done the best job of 5S implementation of the client’s 53 plants worldwide.

About George Friesen

George Friesen serves as Business Practice Leader - Lean Manufacturing for the Workforce Solutions Group of St. Louis Community College. He has led the College's Lean business practice area since 2000. Prior to joining the College, George worked for Maritz Performance Improvement Company. Over the past 35 years, he has served a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies, specializing during the past eleven years in Lean Manufacturing, focusing especially on the 5S System, Lean leadership and thinking processes, Value Stream Mapping, and Lean team building. George is a graduate of Washington University (AB), Webster University (MA), and United States Air Force Flight Training.

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