Flesh Co Runs 5S Blitz
As part of Flesh Co’s ongoing improvement process, the company recently performed a 5S blitz on its IT and CTP (computer-to-plate) areas. 5S is a system designed to reduce waste and optimize productivity by maintaining an orderly workplace and using visual guides to produce more consistent operational results. The five components of the process are sort, set in order, shine, standardize and sustain.
“During our Kaizen events, where we rebuild a piece of equipment, we use the 5S process to organize tools and the press work area,” said Randy Lewis, vice president of manufacturing. “By applying the same 5S process to work areas such as IT and CTP, we will lay new groundwork to stabilize, simplify and standardize those departments where what is supposed to happen does happen, on time, every time, day and night. It’s about organization, discipline and team building. The Flesh Company is committed to utilizing lean manufacturing and six sigma tools throughout each department; it’s our DNA for a continuous improvement culture.”
After the 5S program is completed, parts and tools most often needed are arranged for quicker access. Work areas are cleaned and the organizational process is documented to ensure the new standards are maintained. Once implemented, the new standards set in place become the norm for that work area, and Flesh Co can link 5S activities with other continuous improvement initiatives in its organization.
About Flesh Co
Flesh Co, St. Louis, provides top quality, affordable business print services in areas such as business forms, digital variable barcode image printing, integrated cards and labels, label/form combinations, pocket forms, custom label products, full-service bindery and a variety of promotional printing applications, including 100 percent green printing. The company is FSC and SFI Certified. Questions on the company capability should be directed to the sales team at (800) 835-0098 or by email at FleshCo@fleshco.com. For more information, visit www.fleshco.com.