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Shingo's Seven Wastes


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The seven ways that wastage can occur in industrial processes, as enumerated by Shigeo Shingo, an engineer at Toyota and a noted authority on just-in-time techniques. They are: waste of overproduction – make only what is needed now; waste of waiting; waste of transportation; waste of processing – does this product or part need to be made?; waste of stocks; waste of motion – first improve, then mechanize or automate; waste of making defective products – accept no defects and make no defects.See also lean production.

waste of overproduction – make only what is needed now;

waste of waiting;

waste of transportation;

waste of processing – does this product or part need to be made?;

waste of stocks;

waste of motion – first improve, then mechanize or automate;

waste of making defective products – accept no defects and make no defects.


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