Back in November of 2009, Shepherd Thermoforming and Packaging Inc. invested in Lean training for the majority of its employees. The training was found through the companies membership with EMC (Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium). Value Stream Solutions Inc. provided the training for a number of Lean techniques including 5s.
After a year of the management team encouraging employees to adapt 5s techniques, it has been embraced by employees without management direction. The monthly meetings went from discussing what could be implemented to “look what we implemented”. In our monthly checks of 5s projects, we have seen noticeable improvements in organization and efficiency’s.
Congratulations to the all staff that now understand how 5s works and taking the initiative to continually improve it. Working smarter, not harder!
The picture to the upper left of the page is before and to the right is the after. The other pictures on the post are the employee initiated and implemented 5s solutions.