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A 6S Experience in a Manufacturing Facility

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

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June 18, 2014



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Manufacturing Materials and Processes

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24.15.1 - 24.15.15



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Edward E. Osakue Texas Southern University

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Dr. Edward Osakue is an associate professor at Texas Southern University in the department of industrial technology. He is a graduate faculty, senior member of SME, and a member of ASEE, ASME, and ASQ.

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Derrick Smith Texas Southern University

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Derrick Smith is an undergraduate in the department of industrial technology at Texas Southern University. He is currently an employee of Parker Hannifin Corporation, Houston.

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A 6S EXPERIENCE IN A MANFACTURING FACILITY Smith, Derrick and Osakue, E. Edward Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas, USA ABSTRACTGlobalization of science and technology has caused competitive pressures to continue unabated.Product prices continue to fall while production costs rise. In order to reduce production costs,some companies look to improved technology, employee layoff, relocate facilities, etc. Thesearch for operational excellence seems to be more intense with each passing day. Manycompanies have adopted Lean, Six Sigma or Total Productive Maintenance initiatives forimproving operational effectiveness and efficiency. 5S is a traditional management techniquethat helps organize a workplace by making it clean and free of items not needed for the job. It isbelieved that such a work environment fosters higher employee morale, improves productivityand quality, and enhances safety.This paper reports the implementation of lean 6S technique in a Parker manufacturing plant inHouston, Texas. Parker corporate management believes that 6s establishes the foundation for allproductivity, quality, safety, and cost improvements of the future. The traditional 5S wasexpanded to 6S by adding safety awareness directly. The project involved several departments:maintenance, human resources, finance, janitorial, etc. In many of the departments prior to theimplementation of this project, disorder was evident in workflow and document processing hadhitches. After the implantation, we saw a cleaner workplace, better organized tool racks, fasterdocument processing, etc.Employee participation in the process right from the beginning was very important for the initialsuccess of the project and is helping to sustain the gains. An on-going self-regulated programthat instills a discipline to create, improve, and maintain a clean, well-organized, and safe workenvironment is in place. 6S philosophy has become one of the entire work culture, thinkingprocess and everyday mode of operation from management to the manufacturing floor.

Osakue, E. E., & Smith, D. (2014, June), A 6S Experience in a Manufacturing Facility Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--19907

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