Whose brain child is 5S?

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qualitytrec

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I cannot imagine that this is not dealt with somewhere in the cove already but I tried several ways to search and could not find 5S. So I looked up Seiso with the thought that it would bring up subject matter which it did. Still did not find the origin of the 5S methodology (admittedly I did not comb through the posts).
Who is the author, creator, compiler or whatever that gets credit in the quality annals for 5S?

:eek:
Mark
 
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ScottK

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#2
Good Question. I've always taken for granted that it was part of the Toyota Production System with no definitive author and never questioned further.

now I'm curious too
 
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Richard Pike

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I cannot imagine that this is not dealt with somewhere in the cove already but I tried several ways to search and could not find 5S. So I looked up Seiso with the thought that it would bring up subject matter which it did. Still did not find the origin of the 5S methodology (admittedly I did not comb through the posts).
Who is the author, creator, compiler or whatever that gets credit in the quality annals for 5S?

:eek:
Mark
Well that is embarrassing.

We train in 5S, and have done so for over 5 years. We also have developed flash self tutorials.

Nowhere do we address where the hell it comes from (other than Japan). Pleeeese help the originator! and us too.
 
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Marc

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Here's what I found:

"5S" is the method of workplace organization and visual controls popularized by Hiroyuki Hirano (1990). The five "Ss" refer to five Japanese words—seiri, seiton, seiso, seiketsu, and shitsuke.
Seiri means to separate needed and unneeded materials and to remove the latter.
Seiton means to neatly arrange and identify needed materials for ease of use.
Seiso means to conduct a cleanup campaign.
Seiketsu means to do seiri, seiton, and seiso at frequent intervals and to standardize your 5S procedures.
Shitsuke means to form the habit of always following the first four Ss.

The origin of 5S appears to be rooted in the works of two American pioneers who were scrupulously studied by Japanese managers. These were Frederick W. Taylor's Scientific Management (1911) and Henry Ford (1922). Indeed, Ford's CANDO program (Cleaning up, Arranging, Neatness, Discipline, Ongoing Improvement), which builds on Taylor's work, appears to be the origin for 5S.

Also see: Wikipedia reference-link5S_(methodology)

Actually most of us do it as a matter of course. In my neck of the woods it's called "Spring Cleaning" ;)
 
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qualitytrec

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Thanks Marc.
This is helpful. I wish there were more citations in the article but it will help me with where I need to go.

Mark
 
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Richard Pike

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Here's what I found:

"5S" is the method of workplace organization and visual controls popularized by Hiroyuki Hirano (1990). The five "Ss" refer to five Japanese words—seiri, seiton, seiso, seiketsu, and shitsuke.
Seiri means to separate needed and unneeded materials and to remove the latter.
Seiton means to neatly arrange and identify needed materials for ease of use.
Seiso means to conduct a cleanup campaign.
Seiketsu means to do seiri, seiton, and seiso at frequent intervals and to standardize your 5S procedures.
Shitsuke means to form the habit of always following the first four Ss.

The origin of 5S appears to be rooted in the works of two American pioneers who were scrupulously studied by Japanese managers. These were Frederick W. Taylor's Scientific Management (1911) and Henry Ford (1922). Indeed, Ford's CANDO program (Cleaning up, Arranging, Neatness, Discipline, Ongoing Improvement), which builds on Taylor's work, appears to be the origin for 5S.

Also see: Wikipedia reference-link5S_(methodology)

Actually most of us do it as a matter of course. In my neck of the woods it's called "Spring Cleaning" ;)
So - something else the East stole from the West - and made better! I should have guessed......
 
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iopsychguy

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So - something else the East stole from the West - and made better! I should have guessed......
I wouldn’t say they stole it as much as they made use of (and later improved upon) what practices were available. It is like this community; information is presented, utilized by others and modified in an attempt to better the global community, one organization at a time. That's kaizen for you :D. In my opinion, the West isn’t always future focused to say the least and tends to like comfort zones; SUV’s or EV-1 (most were destroyed) anyone? Fyi: I was born in California and still enjoying the CA sunshine.
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prabhatchaddha

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Re: Who's brain child is 5S?

So - something else the East stole from the West - and made better! I should have guessed......
Stole Wrong word:nope::bonk:

Benchmark The correct one

When toyota aimed at becoming the word leader they came up with 10 fold improvemnet plan.At that time Ford was global leader.
So simply they benchmarked Fords operation but adding their own logics.

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Bev D

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Well, the origin of the phrase 5S came long after the activities were established. A lot of Toyota Production System came from Ford. Like most good ideas that stick two things probably happened: other well meaning people improved upon the concept for their own use and then either an author coined a catchy phrase or other less well intentioned people gave it a catchy name and packaged it for 'resale' thru their training and consulting businesses (much like "six sigma" and statistical/quality engineering).

I would have to do a pretty exhaustive literature search, but my guess is that Ohno/TPS never called it 5S, they simply had Japanese words for the activities that were - or could be - alliterative in the english language. (At Honda in the early nineties we had no name for it, but we were sticklers for what is now called 5S. This even went to the reason for our white uniforms: operators were supposed to be able to do their jobs without getting dirty; if their uniforms were dirty it was a sign that process wasn't working properly and the engineers and managers were supposed to fix the problem) Then at some point an American (Richard Schonberger "Japanese Manufacturing Techniques - Nine Lessons in Simplicity or James Womack et al "The Machine that Changed the World" would be where I would start) coined the 5S phrase...at least that is my guess for what it's worth.

May I ask why it is important to know the origin? other than basic curiosity of course...
 
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qualitytrec

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I was/am preparing training sessions and knowing my audience is prone to ask such questions was trying to cover bases.
thanks everyone.

Mark
 
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