8 Types of Wastes in Work Process

8 Types of Wastes in Work Process
Waste is any step or movement in a process that does not add any value in order to complete the process successfully. When waste is removed, only the essential and required steps to deliver a product or service remain in the process, thus, maximizing the flow.
  1. Defect
    • Product/service/output that is out of specification and needs to be corrected or reprocessed
  2. Overproduction
    • Producing too much before it is ready to be sold
  3. Waiting
    • Time wasted while waiting for the next step in a process
    • Time wasted while waiting for the previous step to be completed
    • Waiting for parts, instructions, details or equipments
  4. Non-utilized Talent
    • Employee's underutilized skills and knowledge
  5. Transportation
    • Unnecessary movements of products and materials from one location/process to another
  6. Inventory
    • Excess materials not being processed 
  7. Motion
    • Unnecessary movements by people, info or equipment due to workspace layout, ergonomic issues, or searching for misplaced items
  8. Extra-Processing
    • Work or activity performed that is not required by the customers to produce a satisfactory product/service
LEAN method creates value for customers by minimizing wastes that makes a process faster and more efficient. LEAN process is achieved by removing waste in the process.

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