In a recent blog post we discussed "Activities to Get You Started with Continuous Improvement" to give you more information on some popular activities you can use to weed out the unnecessary wastes in your manufacturing processes. However, in that post we didn't go into detail about the types of wastes you might find. The best way to illustrate those wastes is to remember the acrostic: "Downtime", which derives from the seven forms of muda/waste outlined by Toyota Production System. The eighth waste was added in the 1990s as the system became more widely accepted around the world (source: The Lean Way Blog). Keeping these eight wastes in mind will keep you in the continuous improvement mindset, so we've created this "8 Wastes of Lean Manufacturing" Infographic to help you remember what each letter stands for.
For a quick view, or to print, check out this PDF version of the 8 Wastes of Lean Manufacturing: Downtime Infographic.
At HUI we're always striving to find the best way to manufacture everything we make, so we're constantly working toward continuous improvement and eliminating waste. The improvements we've made have helped us grow as a company, and they've also given our customers confidence that they're paying for parts and products that were made with maximum efficiency. If you'd like to learn more, or need help with an industrial project, please contact us today!
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