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The 7 Types of Waste in Lean Manufacturing


Waste reduction is the soul of lean manufacturing. Your continuous improvement depends on digital tools that keep pace with the factories of the future.

6 August 2019


We bet you've heard the word on the shop floor. In fact, we bet that you've dedicated a lot of your time to learning about - and trying to eliminate - manufacturing waste.

But waste isn't always obvious. Sure, things like employees lounging by machines or throwing away good materials obviously cost your business money, time, and product quality.

What you might not know is that there's a lot of waste that's much, much harder to see.

Effective lean manufacturing aims to identify the subtle and far-reaching waste factors that creep into your manufacturing processes and cost you in the long run.


The seven types of waste.

There are seven key areas of waste factored into lean manufacturing, as originally identified by TPM master Taiichi Ohno. We’ve gathered them in an infographic below.


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Make waste a part of the past.

The factory floor is changing fast. Industry 4.0 is revolutionizing the factory floor and processes are only becoming faster and more complex. Modern workers simply need better, faster, and smarter solutions for process management and training.

Waste reduction is the soul of lean manufacturing. To truly enact a cycle of continuous improvement in our modern era, businesses need to provide their shop floors with comprehensive digital tools that can keep pace with the factories of the future.

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Chris loves to share his expertise on future-proof work instruction software for frontline teams in manufacturing. Particularly, how digital, visual work instructions can make a lasting impact on motivation, productivity, and operational excellence culture.

6 August 2019