5S in Material Management

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5S in Material Management

It's very important to manage materials for the proper flow of materials and for not blocking of cash.
One of the most important and widely used is a Japanese technique called the 5S Framework.
- STRAIGHTEN: Make the arrangement of flows in such a way that all be in a line. Thus there is no waste of time and now even try to eliminate the wastes.
- SORT: Keep only what is necessary and eliminate whatever is not. The things and tools that are in priority must be kept, while the rest must be discarded.
- SHINE: Make sure that everything is maintained neat and clean. Clean the floor and machines and keep all things at the right place after every shift, so that all is ready for the next shift.
- STANDARDIZE: Standardize the process and requirements. This could help in the interchangeability of the items. Once the operation flow is standardized, the material flow will be much easier and losses will be automatically reduced.
- SUSTAIN: This is a very important step as you need to make sure that all that is applied in earlier stages is being carried out properly and there is no backsliding or loops. If so correct them at earliest.
Note that the 5S will not only keep the work environment clean, but will also reduce material losses and hence increase efficiency.

Include Project Management
jacobsamuels, Manager, United States
The steps you have given are quite good, but for proper execution of these steps also project management templates should be included to help you in planning, executing and implementing.

It Really Needs a Planning and Support
@Jacobsamuels: Thanks Sir, you are right with your point: this kind of change and improvement really needs planning. Plus, to support and to execute it you need both the management and the shop floor people and other employees to support it.
But once the 5s are implemented, it really helps in material management as it will make the system very neat, clean and tidy. As a result of this you can find out things easily.

Project Management Tools for Material Management
jacobsamuels, Manager, United States
I agree with the 5S concept, but from my point of view project management templates and tools for project management have helped many to manage shop floor people and other employees. Material management requires to carry out activities in a systematic and sequential manner. Therefore implementing them with project management tools really helps.

Expanding Scope of Project Management Would Be a Challenge
@Jacobsamuels: You are right. But practically it would be difficult to have it as a part of Project Management as the main focus of project management is to successfully implement and bring in the new or existing projects.
Of course, you can treat MM as a separate sub project which will surely benefit, but expanding the scope of project management would be a challenge.


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