New survey reveals how manufacturing employers are getting lean

By Josh Bond, for Logistics Management

Oct 27, 2015

Usage of lean manufacturing components and programs is on the rise among manufacturing and distribution companies, with more than 71% utilizing a 5S methodology.

This is among the findings of Compdata’s 2015 Compensation Data Manufacturing & Distribution survey, which reflects the sentiments of more than 25,000 manufacturers and distributors across the country. Resulting in a summary of pay data, benefits information and pay practices, the survey collected detailed information about the usage of lean workplace organization methodologies like 5S.

Named for the Japanese words for sort, straighten, shine, standardize and sustain, 5S is among six lean manufacturing programs surveyed, all of which saw an increase in usage over what employers reported in 2014. With 71.3% of employers reporting use of 5S, the program is the lean manufacturing program of choice.

Read more about the program options surveyed and their reported utilization rates.


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