Eliminating Waste – Excessive work in process
November 3, 2017
“A picture is worth a thousand words”. What do we mean when we talk about eliminating waste? These are real pictures taken during different process optimization projects that illustrate how we assist our customers’ factories to produce more efficiently.
Type of waste: excessive work in process. Workers have piles of components and semi-processed product. This conspires against a proper production flow. Defects and problems (e.g. machine breakdown, invisible bottleneck processes) get hidden inside the piles and bunches. Components deteriorate or get damaged. This creates a waste in materials. It causes reworks. It adds counting / re-counting – packing / re-packing tasks. It takes more room in the factory floor. All this is a waste of time, labor and space. If this is a usual view of your factory, there are huge opportunities for improvement.
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