If you want to understand why 5s is important, you must first understand its benefits.
5s, or any lean system, helps to eliminate waste, streamline production, and optimize efficiencies.
When you adopt 5s thinking, you make a commitment to put safety, organization and effectiveness ahead
of production deadlines, profits and output. The end result is always an increase in overall success,
though growing pains will occur as the processes are implemented.
Why should I stop production to make a change?
This is an important part of 5s, Kaizen and Lean thinking; you must sometimes STOP
production in order to find ways to DO IT BETTER. The benefit and important of this step
can not be overstated. When you take time to figure out what is wrong and fix it, you
are investing in all of your future production output. A change that may slow production
may seem like a negative hit, but when you consider the benefit of
5s helps put the worker in control, and uses their experience
Too often management rules process that they do not understand as fully and as
well as the production line staff themselves. With 5s, the production line workers
have a say in how the production line operates. Their experience and on-the-spot
understanding of the production process can help them identify and eliminate waste
in a way that a manager might never see. Another benefit of this ideal is that
the production floor staff becomes more invested in the process.