Japanese Principles


The 5S Process, or simply '5S', is a structured program to systematically achieve total organisation, cleanliness, and standardisation in the workplace. A well-organised workplace results in improved profitability, efficiency, service and safety.

5S stands for
Seiri Sort all tools and materials
Seiton Organize and arrange tools, parts and equipments
Seiso Systematic cleaning of workplace
Seiketu Standaradize the work practices
Shitsuke Sustain the discipline


'Itakona' stems from the concept of closely analyzing the origins of costs to the levels of 'Ita' and 'Kona', where 'Ita' means metal plates and printed circuit boards, and 'Kona' refers to component materials such as resins and die-cast metals. The term refers to the identification of correct costs by making all theoretical aspects down to the level of such materials "visible".

Cost Buster

1. Eliminate wasteful costs by wisdom and creativity
2. All-hands activity through collective wisdom
3. Leading to improvement of profitability
4. "Make it visible", "Take it personal", and "Do it now"


KAIZEN refers to philosophy or practices that focus upon continuous improvement of process in manufacturing, engineering, supporting business processes and management everyone in the organization - managers and workers alike.

Continuous Improvement

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