Document Type : Research Paper


1 Department of Industrial and Production Engineering, Military Institute of Science and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2 School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma 73019, USA



5S is a systematic approach that helps to organize a workplace for increasing efficiency and reduce wasting of productivity by providing an organized safe environment. The objective of this paper is to emphasize the implementation of 5S principles for the workplace by reflecting a tooling problem of a manufacturing unit. This article examines the challenges experienced in the implementation of 5S methodology to optimize labor and safety in a manufacturing department by showing the gap of productivity caused while not having 5S methodology in workplaces. The time consumption analysis of 5S implementation through shadow boarding demonstrates workers who have been able to perform work more efficiently along with a significant reduction of searching time of tools. The results showed that 5S along with the shadow boarding technique creates improvement in efficiency, workspace, equipment search time, working environment, and safety. Consequently, this shadow boarding technique would strongly support the objectives of multinational companies to achieve continuous improvement and higher performance.


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