In constant search for optimization of flows and productivity to meet the expectations of its customers, JTD follows since a few years the principles of the lean to evolve itself.
With the help of one of its components, the 5S methodology, the company has reorganised its control area in November.
Overview of the Japanese method applied in the company based in Jura in France…
A methodology in 5 steps
Developed by Toyota in the 70s, the 5S is more than a principle of organization. It is a method in 5 steps which aim is to improve the working conditions, to save time and energy and to decrease the risks of errors.
What were the 5 steps of the 5S method?
1/ Sort : sorting of former documents, means of control … To throw the useless is the key word of this step.
2/ Shine : A big quick sweep to make clean.
3/ Set in order : a location for every thing and every thing on its place with 3 areas clearly defined
4/ Standardize: implementation of a signalling system to identify every location
5/ Sustain / self-discipline: empowerment of the staff so that every area is respected and stay clean.
The 5S method to be more efficient
This reorganization should improve flows, optimize the follow-up of the manufacturings to win in efficiency and time.
With a clear and adapted signalling system, this space was cut in 3 zones:
- Continuous improvement area with the panels of the visual management around the TOP15 and the TOP5 meetings of the company. It is a point of exchange between the teams to talk about problems and to be effective in their resolution.
- Starting up area with means of control and serial startings up documents. A table includes 4 groups of machines with a signalling system for every island.
- Quanrantine area with the defect parts awaiting decision. This area is isolated to avoid the errors.
In continuity, the finition area also knew some modifications to facilitate the fluidity of flows and avoid the errors between the steps of production, wash, validation of parts and storage.
If the used method aims at standardizing workstation to optimize the performance and eliminate the wastes, the obtained result also allows to integrate the new employees into better conditions.