TEE’s stock and stores had gotten completely out of control, to the point where it became too hard to look for a part amongst the stockpile, so staff would simply order a new one to avoid delays, which in turn, meant that the stockpile would never get smaller! During the implementation phase of the 5S program, the amount of items that were found lurking in corners or behind other stock were simply staggering and after implementing the program Thermal has reduced its stock holdings by 10%, not to mention the nearly $8,000 that was made by selling off unneeded items and equipment that was found. By getting on top of this ‘hoarding’ syndrome, TEE managed to reduce costs in the purchasing department by 5%!
With better layouts in both the factory and offices, TEE staff have found it a much more pleasant working environment, with no clutter crowding them into small areas. From this, many employees at Thermal have begun adopting the 5S attitude in their home lives as well, with ‘blitzes’ being done to remove unused items that may have been in the home for years and labelling and organisation being put in place to make their personal lives easier and less cluttered.