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An application of 5S concept to organize the workplace at a scientific instruments manufacturing company

Shaman Gupta (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Ambala, India)
Sanjiv Kumar Jain (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ambala College of Engineering and Applied Research, Ambala, India)

International Journal of Lean Six Sigma

ISSN: 2040-4166

Article publication date: 2 March 2015




The purpose of this paper is to use the 5S tool to assist a small-scale manufacturing organization to become more productive and more efficient.


A simple approach has been adopted to create the teams for implementing 5S. Cause-and-effect diagram has been studied for shop floor analysis. Later, four data collection methods have been used to ensure right implementation of the 5S.


In the frames of this case study, it has been analyzed that implementation of “5S” resulted in overall improvement of the organization. With the implementation of “5S”, major benefits in the form of tool searching time have been achieved. Tool searching time from shop floor has been reduced from 30 minutes to 5 minutes. “5S” audit has been conducted in the organization. “5S” audit score has been increased from 7 (Week 1) to 55 (Week 20).

Practical implications

5S is a powerful tool and can be implemented in various industries whether micro, small, medium or large. Implementation of 5S has large horizontal development and can be implemented in all the workstations of an organization.


The publications and case study presented in this paper will be useful to researchers, professionals and others concerned with this subject to understand the significance of 5S.



Gupta, S. and Jain, S.K. (2015), "An application of 5S concept to organize the workplace at a scientific instruments manufacturing company", International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, Vol. 6 No. 1, pp. 73-88.



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