Within Rearo we thrive to continually better ourselves and our working operation. Our most recent initiative has involved the implementation of a 5S programme within our Glasgow based manufacturing facility.
By definition ‘5S’ is the name of a workplace organisation method that uses a list of five Japanese words: seiri, seiton, seiso, seiketsu, and shitsuke. When translated (Sort, Set in order, Shine, Standardise and Sustain). The list describes how to organise a work space for efficiency and effectiveness by identifying and storing the items used, maintaining the area and items, and sustaining the new order. The decision-making process usually comes from a dialogue about standardisation, which builds understanding among employees of how they should carry out their work.
Currently in the Sort/ Set in order stage of our implementation process our Support Services Department have implemented colour standards, under visual management techniques. The reason for this is to standardise imagery within the company to ensure ease of communication. In theory anyone entering our work place, even those who are unfamiliar with the detail of the processes can very rapidly see what is going on, understand it and see what is under control and what isn't.
We are also currently in the process of organising the workspace around time efficiency, removing all tools and parts that aren’t of interest, segregating unwanted material, devising red tag areas for non-disposable items and setting a workstation order by organising the space on a first in first out basis with frequently used components being nearest to the work place.
As well as this, banners have been applied with quality and health & safety messages at vantage points within the factory as a means of motivation and to implement procedure and a positive work ethic.