Conservation and Perpetuation is the call of the hour. Whether it is the geographical environment or the industrial and corporate sector, one needs to understand and implement the importance of preservation. As we are approaching a stage where due to unmindful usage of resources, there has been considerable loss, the need to make-up for it and also gear up for the future is important.

Lean Downtime and 8 Central Wasting

Although the  concept of Lean DOWNTIME had been introduced in the 1970s and was adopted prevalently too, yet the job of applying it extensively still remains to be carried out.

Here is an overview of the concept along with its congeniality criteria:

Defects

How:

  1. Lack of a well-structured approach and proper planning for the utilization of resources.
  2. Shortcoming in terms of understanding the requirements of the client.
  3. No implementation of applicable measures.

Prevention:

  1. Building of a proper network of communication with the customers as well as within the organizational structure.
  2. Keeping a regular check on the quality standards.
  3. Following the designed structure of work processes.

Overproduction

How:

  1. Too many perceptions.
  2. Early decision before confirmation.
  3. Over-preparation to avoid glitches.

Prevention:

  1. On-time confirmation.
  2. Adequate preparation for congestion scenarios.

Waiting

How:

  1. Obstruction or blockage due to deficient workforce, raw materials etc.
  2. Too much time consumption in arrangement or workflow.
  3. Hiccups in the communication system.

Prevention:

  1. Planning in advance for crisis, yet ensuring that wastage does not occur.
  2. Keeping conversations  clear at all levels and instructions precise enough to be understood.
  3. Regular assessment of requirements of raw materials and human resources, to avoid last minute issues.

Non-utilized Resources

How:

  1. Lack of open-mindedness.
  2. Inability to gauge talent.
  3. Imperfect teamwork.

Prevention:

  1. Boosting the confidence of subordinates is the responsibility of the leader.
  2. Help the employees overcome their shortfalls.
  3. Proper managerial structure.

Transportation

How:

  1. Improperly planned prototype and constitutional structure.
  2. Lack of proper application of technology.
  3. Inclusion of irrelevant steps in the methodology

Prevention:

  1. Maintaining a proper and time-saving approach.
  2. Trying to create a communication set-up that is techno-friendly.
  3. Organizing work structure such that there is less investment of time in unimportant jobs.

Inventory

How:

  1. Stockpiling without fully understanding the needs, especially in case of perishable products.
  2. Discrepancy in production momentum

Prevention:

  1. Applying the Just-in-time production strategy will save on both time and efficiency.
  2. Devoting time to understand the needs of the clients to the fullest.

Motion

How:

  1. Too much moving around for different work requirements.
  2. Not implementing proper strategy to reduce going around rather than progressing.

Prevention:

  1. Designing the layout such that, it makes resources accessible.
  2. Arranging things and keeping it all in a standard order or format.

Excess Processing

How:

  1. Inclusion of unnecessary protocols in the system.
  2. Elongating the communication pattern.

Prevention:

  1. Make the working pattern easier and understandable.
  2. Eliminate those steps which lead to futile formalities and delay the workflow.

If one can successfully implement this model in their organizational structure, it will certainly prove beneficial. In PowerPoint you can model an 8 central wasting diagram by using SmartArt objects. You can use for example the Nondirectional Cycle diagram in powerpoint SmartArt to make the model used for this presentation. Use nondirectional cycle diagram to represent a continuing sequence of stages, tasks, or events in a circular flow. Each shape has the same level of importance. Works well when direction does not need to be indicated.

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