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Manufacturing Production in Japan averaged an increase of 1.49 per cent from 1979 until 2018, reaching an all-time high of 29.33 per cent in March of 2010.

Researchers say “5S” is the impressive secret behind the success of Japanese companies. Many production companies found it to be true after coming across the approach.

A company that cannot successfully implement the 5S’s cannot expect to effectively integrate JIT (Just in time Manufacturing), re-engineering, or any other large-scale change. Good workplaces develop beginning with the 5S’s. Bad workplaces fall apart beginning with the 5S’s utters Hiroyuki Hirano who developed the 5S methodology.

While digging deep, the pillars of the 5S methodology are the 5 Japanese terms,






The English translation for the above Japanese terms matches,


Set in Order




The 5S concept might sound a little abstract at this point, but in reality, it’s a very practical, hands-on tool that everyone in the workplace can be a part of.

5S is an improvement management tool, which provides the methodology to bring about an overall cultural change in the organisation. Unfortunately, in India, we specify it as a tool to improve our housekeeping on the shop floor. It is a tool that generates enough kaizen ideas to involve all the people in the organisation for the continual improvement.

Author C. Narasimhan introduces a new concept called advanced 5S (IPS 5S), which is appropriate for Indian culture.

Importantly, we have to discern the differentiation between IPS 5S and Japanese 5S, the author has clearly depicted in the book “Make in India for Made in India: Indian Production System”



To know how to implement IPS-5S

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Prerequisites for Indian Production System (IPS) - KK Books · November 16, 2018 at 7:39 am

[…] of discussion on Prerequisites for Indian Production System (IPS), previously we referred about “Basic & Advanced 5S” and “How to create a right culture for total employee […]

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