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Muda (Waste)

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Definition

Various types of waste that may be associated with a process, as originally identified by the Toyota Production System.

There are 7 original types of Muda:

Overproduction
Inventory
Repairs/Rejects (Defects)
Motion
Processing
Waiting
Transportation


Another form of waste that is sometimes recognized is Underutilized Employees - not taking full advantage of employees' skills and abilities.

External Links

The 7 Manufacturing Wastes from EMS Consulting: - http://www.emsstrategies.com/dm090203article2.html