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5S Workplace Organisation Methodology – Seiri = Sort

March 18, 2019

Most engineers in the food industry have heard of the 5S methodology, as a reminder of what this actually means:

5S is a workplace organisation method that uses a list of five Japanese words: seiri, seiton, seisō, seiketsu, and shitsuke. These have been translated as "sort", "set in order", "shine", "standardise" and "sustain".

Charles Harvey, our Sales Director reflects on 'sort' (seiri in Japanese) and how this is nearly an impossible task for an engineer when it comes to 'sort' out an oil store.

Why is this?

Lubrication and tribology is a highly-specialised discipline that is not covered in depth as part of engineering training.

This is where we can help. In order to effectively 'sort' a lubrication inventory you will require many years of tribology experience to guarantee a risk-free transition.

This will always include rationalising and we completely understand that many engineers are obviously concerned not to jeopardise equipment reliability.

Challenges include:

• Often OEM manuals are out of date, non-existent or specify industrial lubricant.
• Many different but similar sounding lubricants and brands have been purchased over the years.
• Individual preferences from seasoned engineers!
• Confusion over compatibility of different products.
• Food safety compliance regulations.

How can we help with 'sort'?

Our customers run highly efficient System8® lubrication management systems, probably using three fluids and one or two greases, and it really is the best feeling when an engineering manager asks for us to 'sort out their oil store' as they have now moved on to pastures new.

If you have any past colleagues in the industry that need help with ‘sort’ then please let us know by phone or email – or 0808 172 4000. As a thank you we will send a box of chocolates for you and your team to share!

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