Implementing Lean using the 5S method

The 5S method, as the name implies, is made up out of five steps: sort, set in order, shine, standardize and sustain.  Every step is aimed at maximizing added value while minimizing the effort you have to put in on a daily basis. Succesful completion of each individual step will result in a significantly more effective logistical system.

Unfortunately, deciding which products to use for each of these steps is easier said than done. To help you figure this out, we have compiled a list of 5 tips to help you implement the 5S method. Let’s take a look!

Tip 1: Mark redundant materials

The first step of the 5S method focuses on sorting materials. What do and don’t you need? By marking the materials you no longer need, you can quickly and easily organize the workplace. Use our Superior Mark dot markers, available in several colors, to mark objects that are to be thrown out and get your warehouse in order.

Tip 2: Make sure everything has a fixed place

Now that you have gotten rid of all the clutter, it is important to make sure every remaining object has a fixed place. This is where our Superior Mark floor tape will come in handy. With our advanced customizer you can have your very own text, code or label printed on the tape, which you can then use to mark the different sections of your warehouse. Once everything is clearly labelled, there will be no more confusion as to where to store something.

Tip 3: Make sure everyone knows where to find everything

This tip builds on the previous one. Storing objects in the right place is one thing, but everyone being able to find it afterwards is another. Our Superior Mark floor markings can help you with this. Take, for example, our easy-to-apply arrows. These colorful additions to your warehouse will help your employees to quickly find what they are looking for. If you use it wisely, you can enjoy a clean and uncluttered workplace.

Tip 4: Standardize your processes

Once everything is organized to your liking, it is time to start standardizing. Have you always wondered how to decrease the lead time of your order pickers? Our Superior Mark barcode tape is the solution! Use our customizer to design your own barcode tape, put it wherever you want and sit back and relax while your order pickers effortlessly find what they need.

Tip 5: Keep your organization up-to-date

The last step of the 5S method is all about keeping your organization up-to-date. The logistics industry is ever-changing and flexibility is key. In other words: having a well-organized warehouse is great, but how will you keep it that way? Reorganizing the workplace can be an expensive and tedious process, which is why many people put it off for as long as possible. Our self-adhesive floor tape might be able to help you out here. Since the tape is very easy to remove and in some cases can even be reapplied elsewhere, updating your logistical organization will no longer be the time-consuming process you know it to be.


Are you interested in our products or wondering which tape will best suit your specific 5S needs? Please don’t hesitate to contact us or request a free sample!