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Standard Work Strategies for Eliminating Waste

Types of waste

Organizations are forever looking for ways to cut costs and reduce waste. Wasted resources eat into profit margins, which poses a threat to organizational success.

By applying standard work principles that eliminate waste, organizations can optimize their efficiency. But before you can get rid of waste, you need to be able to recognize it. And there are several types of waste.

Transport waste

Transport waste is the unnecessary moving of raw materials, work in progress, or finished goods between facilities. This not only costs money; it can damage inventory and degenerate product quality.

For example, a tire manufacturer can eliminate transport waste by moving work areas, equipment, or machinery closer together, rather than spread out across multiple factories.

Motion waste

Motion waste is the unnecessary movement of people or machines while working. For example, if an administrator has to stand and bend repeatedly while scanning documents, this is wasted motion.

By using standard work to optimize the spatial arrangement of offices and workstations you can remedy this.