8 Types of Waste

Waste exists in all processes. Regardless of your business, some or all of the following wastes exist in your organization. The key is to identify them and create a plan to automate and/or eliminate as many of them as possible.

1. Intellect – failure to utilize the time and talents of people.

2. Motion – Unnecessary Travel of people. 

3. Processing – Overproducing. Doing more than what is necessary.

4. Inventory – Accumulation of excess finished materials or products.

5. Transportation – Unnecessary movement of parts or paperwork.

6. Re-Work – Any defects or corrections needed to be completed.

7. Overproduction – Producing too much too soon.

8. Waiting – Waiting on work, information, and/or materials