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Kaizen and Kaizen Event Implementation by Chris A. Ortiz

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5. 5S Kaizen Events

As mentioned earlier, kaizen events are one of the mechanisms used to implement lean. In essence, each event needs a “theme” with clear goals and objectives. The purpose of a 5S kaizen event is to implement 5S in an area in need of cleanliness and organization. This chapter is designed to show you step by step how to conduct a 5S kaizen event.

5S implementation is always a good starting point for a newly established lean journey. Companies can be as aggressive as they want, but implementing the 5S philosophy is easier than other lean practices. Because the results of 5S implementation are visible, it provides the “tangible” element of lean, easier to see than, for example, a new changeover procedure or total preventive maintenance. ...

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