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6S at Frazer

Frazer Service TeamAt Frazer, we’re always looking for the most efficient ways to do things safely. So, when we saw an opportunity to adopt a company-wide organizational system, we embraced it.

You may know the original 5S methodology. It presents five main organizational procedures: sort, set in order, shine, standardize, and sustain. We added a sixth “S” — safety — to the system. While safety is implied in 5S, it doesn’t hurt to explicitly proclaim it as part of the process. So we did.

The pillars of an effective 6S system are as follows:

  1. Sort: Determine what is needed for each operation.
  2. Set in Order: Return tools not in use to their proper location.
  3. Shine: Clean equipment and work area. Dispose of trash properly.
  4. Standardize: Make space for every tool. Use color codes to designate items.
  5. Sustain: Maintain and sustain the new order.
  6. Safety: Promote an attitude of safety.

After identifying some improvement opportunities, we began implementing 6S throughout the company. We’re now in the process of installing it in every department, from production to striping & lettering.

One key component of 6S is the color coding system. We use general purpose vinyl tape and/or labels to designate different work stations, aisle ways, tag areas, and more. Blue denotes work in progress. Green signifies finished goods. Red is for scraps. You get the idea. The goal is to organize the worksite in a manner that reduces time lost looking for items.

Building the best vehicle in the EMS industry requires a large amount of attention to detail. It helps to have a system that promotes the safe, smooth, and efficient flow of daily work. Worksite efficiency ensures a finished a product, which makes everyone happy. 6S is a win-win.

To learn more about Frazer’s commitment to safety, visit our Safety Page.

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