Gain Competitive Advantage through 5S
To enjoy a competitive advantage, you must create an edge over your competitors. In the aggressive business world we operate in, every advantage counts to establish your business in the top of your industry. Applying the 5S technique can give you this competitive advantage.
Raffy Pefianco of RMP Consultancy conducting 5S training at TMI Mobile 2 in Nasipit, Agusan del Norte, for AboitizPower Group.
Isn’t 5S only about cleaning?
Unfortunately, 5S has been taught in the Philippines as simple housekeeping and cleaning up. We see this in many offices which are full of slogans and posters. Yet, these offices still fail to deliver the customer service and care that we deserve. 5S is a lot more than just cleaning up. While workplace organization is useful, the true value of 5S is in creating an organization that works together to look for ways to become more competitive.
While the first 3Ss of Straighten, Shine and Standardize sound like simple housekeeping, “Cleaning and Looking for Ways to Keep Clean” actually means looking for ways to improve and error proof the business processes to that no time or resources are wasted. This translates to finding ways to deliver faster at a reduced cost.
5S as a vital pillar of business success
Raffy Pefianco of RMP Consultancy at the 5S Champions Conference of the AboitizPower Group held last 10 October 2014 at the Makban Geothermal Plant.
Today, many successful companies around the world apply 5S in their daily operations. Originally, 5S was practiced only in Japanese companies including Toyota. When the rest of the world realized how efficient and profitable the Japanese companies had become, they started studying and applying the Japanese techniques. These Japanese techniques are now referred to as Lean Manufacturing Methods. Lean is often referred to as “Just in Time Manufacturing” and as the Toyota Production System. 5S is one of the key pillars of Lean Manufacturing Methodology.
My own first experience with 5S in Japan
My first experience with5S was when I was a trainee engineer at Mitsubishi in Tokyo, Japan. I was attached then to the Lumber Department where I was being trained in plywood and lumber plant design and operation. One day, we were told to come in on Saturday and clean the office. We normally didn’t work on Saturdays as it was usually reserved as a company sports day for baseball or tennis. So, this was a bit of a surprise to me. In any case, the office was usually immaculate as a crew would come in every evening to clean up.
Saturday came along and my office mates and I reported in as ordered. Being the most junior of the staff, I assumed that we would be the only ones cleaning. To my surprise, the managing director and all the big chiefs were also there wiping the invisible dust and moving the tables here and there.
I then understood that the whole exercise was not really to clean the already immaculate office, rather it was to remind everyone in the organization to work together as a team and that even small details are important.
Learn more about 5S
5S Training in the Philippines
Raffy Pefianco has successfully conducted the RMP Consultancy 5S Training Program to hundreds of participants from many companies in the Philippines. He has conducted the RMP Consultancy 5S Orientation Program as well as the 5S Auditors Training Program for many companies. These companies come from a variety of industries including distribution, power generation, construction, insurance and mining.
Raffy Pefianco of RMP Consultancy conducts 5S Training at Cebu Private Power Corp.
Competitive advantage is having an edge over your competitors. Applying the 5S technique can give you this competitive advantage.
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