By Glacial Wood / March 30, 2016

The Seven Deadly Wastes

How much does the average commercial manufacturer produce? As a business owner, interior designer, or just concerned citizen, this information should bother you because, although every industry and location is different, the amount of waste produced in manufacturing is incredible. Today, consumers are more concerned and interested in manufacturing that is good for the planet. Reducing waste, then, should be one of the most important components of this. When it comes to eco-friendly elements, you should know how lean the company you are working with actually is.



Take a closer look at these seven wastes, the most important elements to eliminate in order to foster lean manufacturing principles. If you are an interior designer, the company you source material from should be as lean as possible. Not only is this good for the planet, but it also aids in improving customer or client satisfaction.

Check out the biggest wastes. These are the most important areas that require attention and are given attention through lean manufacturing methods, like those used by Glacial Wood.


Overproduction happens when the production processes of a business continue to occur even after they should have terminated. This leads to excess product. It also creates excess inventory, which drives costs up. Rather, products should be made when needed instead of too early.


How much inactivity is present in the manufacturing process? Also called queuing, waiting is the amount of downtime in the downstream process that happens because that step is waiting for the upstream activities to be completed. Waiting leads to delays, which cost money. When downstreams are idle, they produce unnecessary materials.


Transport refers to the unnecessary motion or movement of materials. Moving materials from one place to another causes delays and should be minimized whenever possible. In short, you shouldn’t move the manufacturing process because this adds time and does not directly add value to the process and, the handling process can create some risk of damage, increasing costs.


Another common waste occurs in extra processing, or instances of rework or reprocessing, or even storage or handling that is done more than one time, because of defects occurring. This can also occur because of overproduction or, in some situations, too much inventory on hand.


In short, inventory isn’t a good thing. You want product on the shelves, but you don’t want or need to have pieces and parts sitting on the shelves. Inventory is a waste when it includes work-in process, raw materials, or even finished goods that are not at the point of delivering to a customer’s order.


This waste is in that extra step that has to be taken to complete a project. For example, it’s the extra movement of employees or equipment that can be eliminated and, therefore, improve efficiency. By tackling the process of manufacturing, it is possible to identify these extra “motions” and eliminate them.


Of course defects is a type of waste and a large one. Defects are, by definition, finished items or raw materials that don’t meet specifications or the expectations of the final user. This is what would lead to dissatisfaction with the product.

Glacial Wood focuses on the elimination of these wastes. We focus on avoiding excessive inventory stock, reducing non-value adding motion, reducing waiting, eliminating overproduction, removing unnecessary transportation, and stop inappropriate processing. By doing this, we create a lean manufacturing process that’s designed to provide exceptional service to our clients and customers. The end result is a high quality product designed to meet the highest needs of the end user.


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