Lean Lab Guide Reduces Waste

METTLER TOLEDO now offers a guide with the “8 Waste” methodology of lean management principles. The guide focuses on lab processes, providing a useful way to identify non-value adding or unnecessary steps in routine workflows. It hopes to provide lab operators and managers with a concrete methodology for identifying time- and resource-wasting lab efforts. Reportedly, this will help optimize routine workflows such as buffer preparation, batch release, and other common activities. According to the acronym "DOWNTIME", the eight wastes are:

  1. Defects
  2. Over-production
  3. Waiting time
  4. Not engaging all employees
  5. Transportation
  6. Inventory
  7. Motion/distances
  8. Extra-processing

Overall, the “8 Wastes” guide hopefully will help eliminate errors and improve overall quality and efficiency by ensuring that processes are optimized and sustainable. For more details, visit http://www.mt.com/us/en/home/library/guides/laboratory-weighing/Lean-Laboratory-8-Wastes.html


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