SM4: Waste Reduction (Muda)

Eight Types of Waste

The well-known Toyota car company identified seven types of waste. The wastes had an impact on Productivity and Profit. An eighth has been added more recently. Waste reduction (Muda) can improve the Productivity and Profit of your business. In Japanese, this is referred to as reducing “muda” (pronounced Moo-da).

Has your business been operating for a reasonable length of time? Then inefficiencies and wasteful activities will have crept into the system.

Throughout 12Faces, optimising your business to maximise its profitability is a focus. Clearly, waste is less than optimal. Spend time on identifying waste. Then spend time on waste reduction (muda). Identify areas to improve your Profit. Therefore, the exercise is thoroughly worthwhile.

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SM4.4 How to Reduce Waste in Offices and Service Industries

Most improvement is an incremental process. "Kaizen" is a Japanese word for incremental improvement. Most people think of the removal of waste occurring only on the factory floor. Waste can also occur in Office Operations; administration, human resources, sales & marketing. Experts report that Office Operations waste is at a higher level...

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SM4.2 Capturing Waste in the Wild

Once you get on the trail of waste out in the wilds of your production system (service, retail or manufacturing), you are going to find literally hundreds of examples of waste.  It's too much to hold in your head so you need a simple way to find, measure it...

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SM4.3 Prioritising Waste Removal

Any waste removal project will identify literally hundreds of instances of waste. There is a serious risk that such a vast quantity of information will overwhelm the business operator’s ability to manage it in the best interests of the business. We need to discuss ways to identify the most important wastes...

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SM4.1 Eight Types of Waste

The well-known Toyota car company identified seven types of waste that had an impact on Productivity and Profit.  An eighth has been added more recently.  By gradually reducing these wastes, you can improve the Productivity and Profit of your business.  In Japanese, this is referred to as reducing "muda" (pronounced Moo-da).  This article discusses how these types...

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