5S is an excellent tool for a company to start their Lean implementation. It is a process and method for creating an organized, clean, high performance workplace, and prepares the operation for quality and productivity. 5S ensures work areas are systematically kept clean and organized, ensuring employee safety and providing a foundation on which to build a Lean Enterprise. 5S provides a structure and steps for workplace organization, order and cleanliness. This is accomplished by:
A cross functional team is assembled and a target area chosen. Team members from the area are key in making this project a success. 5S can be used throughout the organization, both plant and office.
Our workshop instructor is Richard Andrews,a senior executive with over 45 years of experience in industry. He is active in business consulting and serves on the board of directors of several corporations. Andrews was president of STEMCO from 1998 until May 2007. Under his direction, STEMCO experienced a period of continuous growth in sales and earnings while improving its facilities and investing in new product innovation.
Andrews joined STEMCO, an EnPro Industries company in 1996 as vice president, sales and marketing. Prior to joining STEMCO, he had been vice president sales and marketing for Clark Hurth Components, a division of Clark Equipment Company. From 1983 to 1993, Mr. Andrews worked for Cooper Industries in progressively responsible positions including vice president retail sales for the Cooper Automotive Division and vice president sales and marketing for the Champion Spark Plug Division. Earlier in his career, he worked for FMC Corporation from 1966 to 1983 in sales and marketing managementpositions. While at STEMCO, he became active in the heavy duty commercial vehicle industry and served on the board of directors of Council of Fleet Specialists (now CVSN),Heavy Duty Exchange and the Heavy Duty Business Forum (HDMA). Subsequently, he became Group President of EnPro Industries and had the P&L responsibility for several business units.
Andrews currently serves on the board of directors of Phillips Industries, a manufacturing company in Santa Fe Springs, California; TSD Logistics, a trucking company in Texarkana, Texas, and the Chamber of Commerce, Longview, Texas. He is a past board president of the Longview Economic Development Corporation. Andrews graduated from Indiana State University with a BS in mathematics and chemistry. He completed extensive MBA course work at Case Western Reserve University1968-1970 and Butler University 1971–1973. He is a graduate of the Graduate School Sales & Marketing Management, Syracuse University, 1980– 1981.
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