The Lean concept can be applied to offices, too.
When most people think about the Lean concept — the idea that eliminating waste can increase productivity — they think of manufacturing processes. But Lean can be applied in office work environments, as well.
Compact mobile shelving consolidates office essentials, freeing up space for collaborative work.
We offer a variety of efficient office storage solutions to save time, money, and effort. And we offer secure solutions for banks, law offices, and other workplaces that require restricted access to confidential or high-value materials.
Compact mobile storage systems consist of shelves and cabinets on rails. That means that every available inch of space is available for efficient storage of files, supplies, equipment, and other office essentials. Access is convenient and secure due to dynamically generated aisles — and authorized staff can create those aisles on demand with electronic controls or mechanical-assist cranks.
We also offer document management solutions including document scanners, shredders, and other products. Seldom-accessed items can be stored off site with our custom high-bay systems and other solutions.
No matter the size or scope of your project, our experts can advise you from the planning phase to system installation. And as a locally-owned business for 40 years, we offer ongoing service long after the sale. We’re New England’s only authorized Spacesaver affiliate, so contact us today for a free space assessment.
The Lean “5 S” approach to organization
The “5 S” system was developed in Japan as a method for designing and organizing workplaces for effectiveness and efficiency.
This term involves sorting through items, clearing out those items that should not be part of the system.
Seiton: Analyze and Configure
After unwanted items have been eliminated, systems can be configured that safely accommodate remaining items, allowing for safe and convenient access.
Seiso: Clean and Check
This involves frequent checks to keep the system clean and safe. Cleanliness and order ensure that non-conformities are immediately apparent (cracked and leaking petri dishes, for instance)
This term involves creating standardized processes from the first three principles. This ensures quality, stability, and ongoing maintenance of the system and its components.
This term involves the idea of system maintenance and continual improvement. The system will change over time as new supplies, equipment, and materials are used; that’s to be expected.
One of the most pervasive myths in the banking industry is that higher quality requires higher costs. Lean demonstrates that a high quality of operations is actually the least expensive.
– Lean for Banks author Bohdan Oppenheim
Our storage consultants have been trusted partners to business owners, office managers, and others who want to free up space in existing offices or maximize space in new construction for nearly 40 years.
We want to help you save time, money, and energy — and we can refer you to a local affiliate if you’re outside New England. Contact us today!