Application of 7s methodology: A systematic approach in a bucket manufacturing organisation

N. Sukdeo, K. Ramdass, G. Petja

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While the initial 5S methodology focused on sorting, cleaning, standardising, and sustaining the work environment, 7S is a new methodology that has been modified to incorporate a culture of safety and team spirit. The paper describes the application of 7S methodology as a systematic approach to increasing efficiency, quality, and safety performance in modern manufacturing organisations. The 7S approach sets the stage for effective lean manufacturing and continuous improvement efforts, stressing a tidy, safe, and organised working environment. The systematic application of 7S requires the application of international standards such as OHSAS 18001 to improve employees’ occupational health and safety. The case organisation in the study produces buckets for the construction industry. The study’s findings revealed the elimination of production problems such as delays, underused space, and non-conformance to safety measures through a holistic application of 7S. 7S also correlates with operational performance — explicitly those aspects of operational performance which influencing the overall quality and productivity of the organisation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)178-193
Number of pages16
JournalSouth African Journal of Industrial Engineering
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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