8 Wastes of Lean

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Welcome to Lean Productivity Solutions  third blog posting. I hope that you have found the blog postings of interest so far. Today’s blog briefly discusses the 8 Wastes of Lean.

8 Wastes of Lean.

Understanding the 8 Wastes of Lean is a major positive, as it allows you to eliminate process waste. If you can see it, you can eliminate it! Whatever industry your associated with waste is all around you.

The worst of all the 8 Wastes of Lean is overproduction because it includes in essence all the other wastes and was the main driving force for the Toyota Just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing system, they were clever enough to tackle this one to eliminate the rest.

What Exactly is Waste?

Understanding waste is vital to any business and it will give you the upper hand on how to eliminate it. The simplest way to describe waste is it is “Something that adds cost without adding no Value.”

Below is a brief description of the 8 Wastes of Lean.

  1. Transport: Unnecessary movement of people or goods between processes.
  2. Inventory: Raw materials, WIP, or finished goods not having value added.
  3. Motion: Unnecessary movement of people within a process.
  4. Waiting: People or machines waiting for the completion of another work cycle.
  5. Overprocessing: Designing or manufacturing beyond the standard required by the customer.
  6. Overproduction: Producing sooner, faster or in greater quantities than customers’ demand.
  7. Defects: Rework, Scrap or Replacements.
  8. Talent: Not tapping into the talents and skills of people.

8 Wastes of Lean

I hope you have found this blog of interest. If you are thinking about starting your Lean Manufacturing journey and would like support or are currently having productivity issues within your business please make contact with Lean Productivity Solutions Limited to see how we can help.

For next weeks blog I am going to briefly covering work measurement.

Regards, Glyn

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