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LEAN TOOL

8 TYPES OF WASTE

Waste is any step or resource allocation that adds no value to the customer

An easy way to remember the wastes is TIM WOODS

TRANSPORT

T

Transport waste is material/product movement that is not directly associated with a value added process.

INVENTORY

I

Inventory waste is stocked and work in process in excess of the requirements necessary to produce goods and service Just In Time

MOTION

M

Motion waste is movement of people that adds no value (searching for paperwork, quotes, supplies etc.).

WAITING

W

Waste of waiting is any idle time produced when 2 interdependent processes are not completely synchronised.

OVER PRODUCTION

O

Over production is the worst kind of waste because it causes other wastes and obscures the need for improvement.

OVER PROCESSING

O

Over processing is putting more into the product that is value to the customer.

DEFECTS

D

Waste of correction includes additional work performed on a product or service.

SKILLS

S

The waste of skills, creativity or your people is the faliure to make good use of your employees.

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