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Overprocessing in manufacturing

Graham Immerman
June 26, 2018

Overprocessing is one of the seven wastes of lean manufacturing because it wastes time and resources. Plus, as Manufacturing Global said, "An offshoot problem from overprocessing is not just the use of extra ingredients, materials or parts and the extra employee hours spent, but it is also the increased wear and tear on the factory equipment." A hands on approach seems to be the best way to tackle this. Take a good look at your whole process and see if there is any waste! 

Overprocessing is often hidden in manufacturingSource: http://www.manufacturingglobal.com

Spending time on the shop floor observing is more prudent than attempting to understand a problem from behind a laptop, as incidences of overprocessing can be hard to notice. Overprocessing is one of the seven wastes of lean manufacturing and arguably the most nuanced to spot when making a finished product. It is a question of adding value only when it is strictly needed, instead of completing a process out of habit. For this reason, it can be difficult for the organisation tasked with manufacturing a raw material to identify any possible actions that could be eliminated. Read More

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