Implementing LEAN Techniques in Quality Control

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6S, Kanban

The 6 S’s from the 6S cycle are
abbreviations for the following process
1. Sort Out
2. Set in Order
3. Shine
4. Standardize
5. Sustain
6. Safety
The first step was to Sort Out. All articles in the laboratory which were no longer used were removed at the beginning of the cycle.
Each was marked with a red dot and then placed into a special dedicated area for a period of three months before disposal. As a result, this provided space for new improvements or new orders.

For the second step, (Set in Order), the individual analytical processes were examined including consumables and instruments, and were set in an order that fulfills the required needs for the process,
space and ergonomics.

Next, all necessary requisites were cleaned (Shine) after the reorganization. In this context, the word “cleaning” stands for purification on the one side and also for putting things into a well maintained status.

The fourth step was to fix this status once reached, (Standardize), so “shadows” were used. This indicated clearly where things belonged and ensured that a place was identified for the item to be returned after work was completed. Time-consuming search activities were reduced as a result of
this measure.

The sixth step, (Safety), is actually ongoing throughout, with awareness of this goal built into all activities. This is extremely important for a lab which handles CMR (carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic) substances and affects, for example, the disposal of older instruments.

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