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Identifying Waste on the Shopfloor

1st Edition

By Productivity Development Team

Productivity Press

112 pages

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Paperback: 9781563272875
pub: 2003-06-13
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Like all Shopfloor Series books, Identifying Waste on the Shopfloorpresents concepts and tools in simple and accessible language. The book includes many illustrations and examples to explain basic concepts and some of the challenges that are encountered when looking for and eliminating waste.

Identifying Waste on the Shopfloor is the ideal compliment to 5S, TPM, and other tools for building a lean manufacturing operation.

Productivity's Shopfloor Series books offer a simple, cost-effective approach for building basic knowledge about key manufacturing improvement topics. Identifying Waste on the Shopfloor and all our Shopfloor Series books include innovative instructional features that are the signature of the series. The goal: to place powerful and proven improvement tools in the hands of your entire workforce.


"The book has excellent material presented in a very useful format."

Bob Moody, Value Stream Manager, Northrop-Grumman Navigation Systems, March 2005

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 What is Waste?

  • What is waste?
  • Why does waste occur?
  • How does waste take root?
  • The classification of waste
  • The benefits of identifying and eliminating waste
  • Chapter 2 The Seven Deadly Wastes

    · Overproduction

    · Inventory

    · Conveyance

    · Defects

    · Processing Waste

    · Operation Waste

    · Idle Time

    Chapter 3 How to Discover Waste

  • Using the back door
  • Bringing latent waste to the surface
  • Analyzing current conditions
  • Chapter 4 How to Remove Waste

  • Adopting the necessary attitude
  • Removing waste in the movement of goods
  • Removing waste in the actions of people
  • Removing waste in the way people, goods, and machines are combined
  • Chapter 5 How to Prevent Waste

  • Standardization
  • Visual and auditory controls
  • The 5W and 1H Sheet
  • Pointing to the future
  • Chapter 6 Reflections and Conclusions

  • An implementation summary
  • Reflecting on what you've learned
  • Opportunities for further learning
  • Additional Resources related to identifying and eliminating waste
  • About the Series

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    Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Quality Control
    BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Manufacturing Industries