One of the foundations of lean manufacturing is to reduce waste.
In the early days of the Toyota Production System (TPS), which is where lean manufacturing originated, Toyota engineer Taiichi Ohno developed a list of seven wastes. You can download a free infographic at the bottom of this article that lists all of these wastes for you, and you might want to check out our online courses for lean manufacturing training.
Note that this infographic is about different kinds of wastes that lean experts refer to as muda, a Japanese word that basically means “waste.” In lean, you also sometimes hear about three different types of waste: muda, mura, and muri. See our Three Types of Waste in Lean (Muda, Mura & Muri) infographic for more about that.
In addition, you might want to check out some of our other articles related to lean manufacturing:
- What is Lean? Introducing Lean Manufacturing
- Lean Manufacturing Word Game
- 5S + Safety = 6S Safety
- What Is Kaizen?
- What Is a Kaizen Event?
- Improving Workplace Safety with Lean Manufacturing
- What Is TWI?
- The TWI Job Relations (JR) Program
- The TWI Job Instructions (JI) Program
- The TWI Job Methods (JM) Program
- Applying Lean Value Stream Mapping to Training
- 5 Principles of Lean Manufacturing Infographic (free download)
- What Is 5S? Infographic (free download)
- Convergence Training Introduction to 5S eLearning course
We hope the infographic below helps your organization identify and root out waste and start providing more value to your customers.
Free Seven Wastes of Lean Manufacturing Infographic Download
Download this free infographic listing the seven wastes of lean manufacturing as originally devised by Taiichi Ohno of the Toyota Production System (TPS).