Influence of 5S Principles on Garments Productivity

By | January 20, 2016

Influence of 5S Principles on Garments Productivity

Mayedul Islam
Merchandiser at Fashion Xpress Buying House.
Badda, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Email: [email protected]



To achieve higher garments productivity 5-S principles play an important role in garments manufacturing sector. In today’s readymade garments business, most of the factories are regularly maintained 5S principle for producing higher number of quality garments. As its importance, today I will present here the details discussion on 5S principles.

5S Principle Cycle

5S Principle Cycle

What is 5S Principle?

Japanese management tries to instill in the brains of employees some basic principles of work which are known in Japan as 5S principles. It is very effective in business and garments production management, which proved not only in Japan but also outside the Japan.

5S principles are mentioned in the below:

  1. Seiri: Clear unnecessary materials,
  2. Seiton: Ensure good house keeping,
  3. Seiso: Keep cleaning the machines, workplace, etc.
  4. Seiketsu: Pursue right standard,
  5. Shitsuke: Train your personnel.

Impact of 5S Principles on Apparel Production:

Influence of 5S principles on garments productivity have discussed in the following:

1. Seiri: Clear unnecessary materials:

This principle contains the below matters:

  • Remove unused and unusable materials,
  • Clear defective products,
  • Clear superfluous things,
  • Remove idle equipment and tools.

All these result in clean and tidy workplace and better work environment.

2. Seiton: Ensure good house keeping:

This includes in arranging right materials at right place for quick access and disposal. This leads to better organization of materials and congenial work environment. Seiton results in less time in accessing materials and disposing them for garments production. This result creates the opportunity for higher garments productivity.

3. Seiso: Keep cleaning the machines, workplace, etc:

This principle includes the below matters-

  • Seico leads to machinery in good condition,
  • Neat and clean work place i.e. fabric and garments not dirty or spoiled,
  • Rework or re-process,
  • Good environment,
  • Higher performance in productivity and quality.

4. Seiketsu: Pursue right standard:

Appropriate work standard leads to better employee performance, higher quality and productivity.

5. Shitsuke: Train your personnel:

This principle includes the below matters-

  • Training leads employees to achieve higher skill and workmanship,
  • Higher dedication and motivation,
  • Better work habits,
  • Higher worker performance,
  • Higher garments productivity, and
  • Perfect quality.

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