The 5S system is a visual workplace system that promotes safety, efficiency and teamwork while making abnormalities visible. The system is often confused as a cleaning method however the purpose of 5S is in fact to eliminate waste and create a safe working environment that supports TPM. The 5 major stages of 5S are:
2. Set in Order
Seiton refers to the second S in the 5S System. Seiton can be translated as straighten/set in order. At this stage of the 5S System everything is is placed closest to the point of use. A common saying for Set-in-order is "a place for everything and everything in it's place."
Seiri is the first S in the 5S System, which refers to Sort. In this stage of a 5S participants separate what is needed from what is not needed and keep only what is necessary.
Red tags are a visual tool that is used during the sorting phase of a 5S initiative. In the sorting phase of 5S, items are either gotten rid of, kept or placed in a red tag auction area. The red tag is used for items that are either gotten rid of or placed in auction. Please note we suggest if a clear decision has been made to "get rid" of the item, just get rid of it.
General process of red tagging items: