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VERPROCESSING 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. Some prevalent examples of overprocessing include painting a car part which will never be seen by the customer or be susceptible to rust, or unnecessary plastic packaging on fresh fruit and vegetables. Being able to step back and view the entire manufacturing process objectively may require external assistance from the likes of Newton, a business management consultancy from Oxfordshire, England. Significant time is spent with a range of organisations who hope to unlock savings through becoming more efficient. 42

June 2018

Manufacturing Global - June 2018  
Manufacturing Global - June 2018