Category Archives: Lean Basics

The Seven Kinds of Waste: A Summary.

In this series of posts, I briefly described the seven kinds of waste identified by Taiichi Ohno and other creators of the Toyota Production System (TPS). Identifying instances of each kind of waste in a production process and eliminating them … Continue reading

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The Seven Types of Waste #7: Waiting.

A big component of the Toyota Production System (TPS) is its identification of the categories of waste (or muda) in the typical production process. Getting rid of these seven wastes is the main goal of a lean production process. (Lean=No Waste.) … Continue reading

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The Seven Types of Waste #6: Transportation.

A major contribution of the Toyota Production System (TPS) is its identification of the categories of waste (or muda) in the typical production process. Getting rid of these seven wastes is the primary goal of a lean production process. (Lean=No Waste.) … Continue reading

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The Seven Types of Waste #5: Overproduction.

A major contribution of the Toyota Production System (TPS) is its description of the seven categories of waste (or muda) in the typical production process. Reducing these wastes is the primary goal of a lean production process. (Lean=No Waste.) This is … Continue reading

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The Seven Types of Waste #4: Overprocessing.

The Toyota Production System (TPS) lays out seven categories of waste (or muda) in the production process. The reduction of these wastes is the most important step in developing a lean production process. (Lean=No Waste.) This is the fourth in a … Continue reading

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The Seven Types of Waste #3: Motion

The Toyota Production System (TPS) describes seven different categories of waste (or muda) in the production process. The elimination of these wastes is the most important step in creating a lean production process. (Lean=No Waste.) This is the third in a … Continue reading

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The Seven Types of Waste #2: Defects

The Toyota Production System (TPS) describes seven different categories of waste (or muda) in the production process. The elimination of these wastes is the most important step in creating a lean production process. (Lean=No Waste.) This is the second in a … Continue reading

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