The pillars of waste

The seven pillars of waste – plus one

Originally identified by Shigeo Shingo as part of the Toyota Production System, the first seven items below are accepted as the most common forms of waste in a business.

However, at Scott-Grant our practical experience in every industry sector has proven that there is a very powerful eighth waste. Would you agree?

Waste Description
1 Over-production Producing more than the customer ordered
2 Inventory Excessive stock – raw materials and finished goods
3 Waiting/delay Process downtime – problems with material or equipment availability, set up, technical approvals, awaiting instructions
4 Defects Scrap or correction – non-saleable product, additional work required
5 Excessive transportation Excessive movement of product, materials, goods, or equipment
6 Unnecessary people motion Excessive walking, bending, turning, reaching, lifting
7 Inappropriate processing Excess work, variable or poor presentation of product, communication, instruction, inadequate methods or equipment
8 Inappropriate staffing Excess staffing or unsuitable skills – could be too many or too few people, imbalance of people, excessive skills or costs, inadequate skill or capability

Think of your own business and see just how many could be applicable there.

Think of your own business and see just how many could be applicable there.

Pillars of Waste

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