Sources of Waste: Overproduction

Sources of Waste: Overproduction

Like we established in our previously published blogs on continuous improvement and lean management or Muda (無駄), the latter a Japanese word meaning “wastefulness; uselessness”; it is easier to define the different sources of waste as anything that the end customer or...
Sources of Waste: Transport

Sources of Waste: Transport

Any transport or movement of a product or material without added value is considered a source of waste among the seven specified in lean manufacturing or Muda (無駄), the latter a Japanese word meaning “wastefulness; uselessness”. Although the consideration of transport...
Sources of Waste: Waiting

Sources of Waste: Waiting

Waiting is one of the seven sources of waste considered in lean manufacturing or Muda (無駄), the latter a Japanese word meaning “wastefulness; uselessness”. It is the “act” of doing nothing or working slowly while waiting for a previous step of a process to be...
Sources of Waste: Overprocessing

Sources of Waste: Overprocessing

Overprocessing is one of the seven sources of waste considered in lean manufacturing or Muda (無駄), the latter a Japanese word meaning “wastefulness; uselessness”. Overprocessing could be defined as adding more value to a product than what the client or customer...
Sources of Waste: Inventory

Sources of Waste: Inventory

Waste caused by unnecessary inventory should be eliminated for two main reasons. The first and most obvious to any operations manager is that holding unnecessary inventory locks up money in materials and parts, which has direct and indirect impacts on liquidity....