Remote 5S Consulting Service Impacts Laboratories, Not the Environment

GenoFAB strategy improves process while eliminating travel

A focus on sustainability has lead laboratory innovator GenoFAB to implement remote 5S consulting services. The result has demonstrated above-industry impact on process improvements while eliminating the environmental impact of travel.

That’s significant, as one flight from America’s West Coast to its East Coast generates about 1 metric ton of carbon – the equivalent of ~20% of the average citizen’s annual footprint, according to The Washington Post.

“Growing concerns over climate change invited us to revisit the assumption that we had to travel to support the client’s 5S initiative,” said Dr. Jean Peccoud, GenoFAB’s founder and CEO. “By trying to imagine a sustainable business practice, we ended up developing a better product and service.”

5S is a methodology that takes its name from five principles for organizing work areas to increase efficiency and effectiveness. While its benefits have been widely accepted, industry insiders note that lasting 5S implementation is notoriously difficult to maintain without cultural buy-in.

GenoFAB’s remote service elicits greater buy-in by shifting the nature of the engagement from a consultative one (where responsibility rests on the consultant) to a coaching relationship (where responsibility ultimately resides with the internal team). The outcomes have demonstrated longer-term success.

Additional benefits of the remote service include less disruption to client schedules, systematic data collection through technology solutions, and the potential for elongated engagements – all without requiring the carbon production of air travel.

GenoFAB helps academic research organizations maximize the return on R&D investments by accelerating the design, execution, and analysis of experiments leading to better and faster results. GenoFAB empowers research teams with technology solutions and computational services customized to streamline flows of scientific data to reach scientific milestones on schedule and within budgets.

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“By trying to imagine a sustainable business practice, we ended up developing a better product and service.” – Dr. Jean Peccoud, Founder & CEO, GenoFAB