December 19, 2021 2 min read



We have worked with a wide range of companies from large to small, who have used our custom foam inserts to implement a 5S program for their organization. If you are not familiar with what 5S is, 5S is a methodology that results in a workplace that is clean, uncluttered, safe, and well organized to help reduce waste and optimize productivity. It's designed to help build a quality work environment, both physically and mentally. The 5S philosophy applies in any work area suited for visual control and lean production.

The 5S' stand for:

SORT- Eliminate whatever is not needed by separating needed tools, parts, and instructions from unneeded materials.

SET IN ORDER- Organize whatever remains by neatly arranging and identifying parts and tools for ease of use.

SHINE- Clean the work area by conducting a cleanup campaign.

STANDARDIZE- Schedule regular cleaning and maintenance by conducting Sort, Set in Order and Shine daily.

SUSTAIN- Make 5S a way of life by forming the habit of always following the first four S’s.

 5S System


Benefits to be derived from implementing a 5S Lean program include:

Increased Productivity

The compete removal of unnecessary items along with efficient workplace maximization is sufficient to help develop improved productivity with minimal wastage of time. Less time spent searching through unnecessary items means more time spent working.

Improved Safety

Improved safety is yet another benefit of 5S implementation. A clean workplace environment, especially in a manufacturing unit can result in significant reduction in the number of injuries sustained by workers.

Reduction in Waste

- A clear and organized workplace with proper labeling provides workers the flexibility to replace damaged items in the designated places, thereby minimizing the total number of misplaced and lost tools and equipment.


If you are interested in setting up a 5S program for your organization and looking for custom foam inserts to help, email Haley at for a customized quote.

Happy organizing,

Sincerely, Team TraceMySpace