Forms of Waste

Understand the 8 common forms of waste using the acronym DOWNTIME (defects, overproduction, waiting, non-utilized talent, transportation, inventory, motion, and extra-processing).

The concept of waste is important to understand for a variety of reasons. Waste is the inefficiencies that exist within a process. Waste consumes valuable resources, and in most cases, it goes unnoticed

Henry Ford and other improvement gurus have said that, “waste is anything that doesn’t add value” or “anything the customer isn’t willing to pay for”. Organization’s that commit to identifying and reducing waste, are in a sense, committing to maximizing value for their customers and for their operators.
To help organizations identify and reduce waste, there are multiple acronyms that have been created to help make recalling the common forms of waste simple. Some of those acronyms include TIMWOOD, DOTWIMP, and DOWNTIME.

There are 8 forms of process waste that exist. A common acronym for summarizing the different types of waste is DOWNTIME. DOWNTIME stands for defects, overproduction, waiting, non-utilized talent, transportation, inventory, motion, and extra-processing

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