What is waste in a LEAN environment?

It refers to everything that does not add value, and for which the customer is not willing to pay. The types of waste that exist in Lean are the following:

1 Overproduction: This is one of the main causes of the production of waste, and is based on producing items in greater quantity or time than required by the customer.

2 Transportation: Movement of work between processes, in addition to the movement of materials and products to storage.

3 Waiting time: Waiting for the receipt of information or materials by workers due to different causes.

4 Over-processing or inappropriate processes: Carry out unnecessary activities and procedures, use inappropriate resources or provide higher quality levels than those stipulated by the client.

5 Excess inventory: Storage of materials and products in excess. This cause can hide problems that arise in the company.

6 Defects: This occurs when processes are repeated and re-work is created in products in which the customer is not satisfied and in which returns have been made.

7 Unnecessary movements: Any process that does not add value to the product or service performed by the operator.

8 Human Talent: This is the eighth waste and refers to not using intelligence and creativity on the part of workers and operators in their positions to eliminate waste.For this to be carried out, all employees must know how to identify and eliminate the previous 7 wastes.

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