Title: Review of 5S methodology and its contributions towards manufacturing performance

Authors: Arashdeep Singh; Inderpreet Singh Ahuja

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Desh Bhagat University, State Highway 12A, Mandi Gobindgarh, Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab 147203, India ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, Punjabi University, Patiala 147002, Punjab, India

Abstract: The paper systematically categorises the literature on 5S and presents a systematic review of literature methodically. The literature on classification of 5S has so far been very limited. The paper presents an overview of 5S implementation practices adopted by the manufacturing organisations and also highlights the contributions of 5S initiatives towards improving manufacturing performance. The paper reveals the important issues in 5S ranging from maintenance techniques, framework of 5S, the relationship of 5S with lean manufacturing initiatives, barriers and success factors in 5S implementation, etc. The contributions of strategic 5S programme towards improving manufacturing competencies of the organisations have also been highlighted. The paper highlights the significant enablers and success factors for eliminating barriers in successful 5S implementation. The study will be useful to industry professionals and researchers both and others concerned with organisation management to understand the significance of 5S and its contributions towards manufacturing performance.

Keywords: lean manufacturing; 5S; total quality management; TQM; quality environment; continuous improvement; manufacturing performance; barriers; success factors.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPMB.2015.072320

International Journal of Process Management and Benchmarking, 2015 Vol.5 No.4, pp.408 - 424

Available online: 09 Oct 2015

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