Monday, 2 November 2020

Facilitating The Lean Laboratory: A Case Study Using The 5S Approach


The types of laboratory inefficiencies that a lean laboratory model can attempt to address include: Focus: Lack of control over the progress of individual samples. Organization: Different samples linked to samples for different markets are not necessarily tested in batches, leading to change over inefficiencies. Long lead times: The development of queues in front of each test can occur where individual samples wait until there are a sufficient number of other, similar samples arrive to activate the test run. This is not necessarily efficient. Variable lead times: Leading to a lack of predictability.

Tim Sandle has written a new article on 5S methodology and the lean laboratory concept.


The reference is:

Sandle, T. (2020) Facilitating The Lean Laboratory: A Case Study Using The 5S Approach, 24 (4): Journal of GXP Compliance, at:


Posted by Dr. Tim Sandle, Pharmaceutical Microbiology Resources (http://www.pharmamicroresources.com/)

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