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5S methodology implemented in place

November, 2016


Caspian Well Services is proud to announce that 5S methodology (5S lean manufacturing) implemented in place. This became possible with the help of support of EBRD and TCO organizations. With in the frame of the project Caspian Well Services will constantly improve its operations and work attitude. All employees of CWS is now trained and fully involved in 5S methodology (5S lean manufacturing).


What is 5S Methology? 

There are five 5S phases: They can be translated from the Japanese as "sort", "set in order", "shine", "standardize", and "sustain". Other translations are possible. Sort (Seiri).

  • Make work easier by eliminating obstacles. 

  • Reduce chances of being disturbed with unnecessary items. 

  • Prevent accumulation of unnecessary items. 

  • Evaluate necessary items with regard to cost or other factors. 

  • Remove all parts or tools that are not in use. 

  • Segregate unwanted material from the workplace. 

  • Define Red-Tag area to place unnecessary items that cannot immediately be disposed of. Dispose of these items when possible. 

  • Need fully skilled supervisor for checking on a regular basis. 

  • Waste removal.

Set In Order (Seiton)

  • Arrange all necessary items so that they can be easily selected for use. 

  • Prevent loss and waste of time by arranging work station in such a way that all tooling / equipment is in close proximity. 

  • Make it easy to find and pick up necessary items. 

  • Ensure first-in-first-out FIFO basis. 

  • Make workflow smooth and easy. 

  • All of the above work should be done on a regular basis. 

  • Maintain safety. 

  • Place components according to their uses, with the frequently used components bring nearest to the work place.

Shine (Seiso)

  • Clean your workplace on daily basis completely or set cleaning frequency 

  • Use cleaning as inspection. 

  • Prevent machinery and equipment deterioration. 

  • Keep workplace safe and easy to work. 

  • Keep workplace clean and pleasing to work in. 

  • When in place, anyone not familiar to the environment must be able to detect any problems within 50 feet in 5 secs.

Standardize (Seiketsu)

  • Standardize the best practices in the work area. 

  • Maintain high standards in workplace organization at all times. 

  • Maintain orderliness. Maintain everything in order and according to its standard. 

  • Everything in its right place. 

  • Every process has a standard.

Sustain (Shitsuke)

  • Not harmful to anyone. 

  • Also translates as "do without being told". 

  • Perform regular audits. 

  • Training and discipline. 

  • Training is goal-oriented process. Its resulting feedback is necessary monthly. 

  • Self discipline

Benefits of 5S methodology (5S lean manufacturing): 

One of the methods of determining an organisations approach to its business is to evaluate its workplace organisation capability & visual management standards.5S engages people through the use of 'Standards' and ‘Discipline'. 
It is not just about housekeeping, but concentrating on maintaining the standards & discipline to manage the organisation - all achieved by upholding & showing respect every day.

The 5 Steps are as follows:

  • Sort: Sort out & separate that which is needed & not needed in the area. 

  • Straighten: Arrange items that are needed so that they are ready & easy to use. Clearly identify locations for all items so that anyone can find them & return them once the task is completed. 

  • Shine: Clean the workplace & equipment on a regular basis in order to maintain standards & identify defects. 

  • Standardise: Revisit the first three of the 5S on a frequent basis and confirm the condition using standard procedures. 

  • Sustain: Keep to the rules to maintain the standard & continue to improve every day.

5S relates to workplace organisation and forms a solid foundation upon which many organisations base their drive for continuous improvement. It is equally applicable & successful in all sectors helping to achieve high impact results. 
It is a systematic and methodical approach allowing teams to organise their workplace in the safest and most efficient manner. 
The discipline to check & repair equipment is included & adopted. The entire process is managed through the use of team generated audit documents, completed on an agreed frequency by responsible owners within the Gemba.

As a result Caspian Well Services received:


  • Improved safety 

  • 5S becomes a fundamental business measure & key driver for CWS 

  • Forms a solid foundation upon which to build continuous improvement 

  • Employees gain a sense of ownership, involvement & responsibility 

  • Reduction in waste 

  • Improved performance in productivity, quality & morale leads to increased profitability

5S implemented both in field and office locations.

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