Pillars of Waste

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?

2InventoryExcessive stock – raw materials and finished goods3Waiting/delayProcess downtime – problems with material or equipment availability, set up, technical approvals, awaiting instructions4DefectsScrap or correction – non-saleable product, additional work required5Excessive transportationExcessive movement of product, materials, goods, or equipment6Unnecessary people motionExcessive walking, bending, turning, reaching, lifting7Inappropriate processingExcess work, variable or poor presentation of product, communication, instruction, inadequate methods or equipment8Inappropriate staffingExcess staffing or unsuitable skills – could be too many or too few people, imbalance of people, excessive skills or costs, inadequate skill or capability

Waste Description
1 Over-production Producing more than the customer ordered

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

Productivity Pointer

Determining accurate work content is at the heart of assessing performance.
We define work content as being the time content of an activity or task.

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