Lean 8 Wastes Guide

Waste is plentiful in the manufacturing world, although much of it goes unnoticed, or at least unaddressed. If you’re thinking of waste purely in a physical capacity, you’re catching only a small glimpse of the bigger picture.

Here are a few to consider:

  • Defects
  • Overproduction
  • Non-utilized people

Lean 8 Wastes thumbnailThese are just a few of the eight wastes most commonly found in manufacturing.

Check out our list and consider your company’s operations both in the production areas and office. Keep in mind: Any process that costs money but does not add value can be classified as waste.

Focus on how and where you can add value for your customers (rather than producing waste). This is a natural way to improve processes, reduce inefficiencies and get closer to becoming a truly lean manufacturer.

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