Waste makes waste. When the Steel Efficiency Review® team investigates a process to identify and eliminate the seven wastes we often find that it leads to other wastes and inefficiencies being improved.

The seven wastes being:

  1. Over production
  2. Time in waiting
  3. Transportation
  4. Processing
  5. Inventory
  6. Motion
  7. Rework

The reason why this occurs is due to the interdependence of each waste. They are connected in the operational environment in more ways than one. For example, a little waste of overproduction leads to a little waste in inventory which leads to a little waste in motion which leads to a little waste in…

You get the picture; waste leads to more waste so that what appears to be a “little” waste could be causing many more wastes. Conversely, a little improvement leads to more opportunities for improvement. By removing a small waste, even more waste that was hidden by the original “small” waste can be uncovered.

Waste is like an onion (Shrek fans please forgive us) – remove one layer and you will see another layer below. If you accept that initial “little” waste as not much of a problem, you won’t be able to see the next level or layer of waste.

Your SER® consultant can help you find that first layer of waste and work with you to convert successive layers into improvement opportunities.

The Steel Efficiency Review® aims to provide recommendations to support our customer’s business and at the same time improve our product and service offer.

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