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Wasted Movement in Manufacturing Stops with COVID-19

Posted April 25, 2020 5:24 PM by Doug Sharpe

Wasted movement in manufacturing was a problem before COVID-19. Motion and transportation that do not add value to products are classic forms of manufacturing waste. Lean manufacturing, a proven methodology for minimizing waste and maximizing productivity, can help. In the age of COVID-19, however, the “new normal” also requires some new thinking. A manufacturer’s ability to protect employees from the pandemic while reducing waste and increasing productivity are all essential for profitability.

How will your business adjust, adapt and innovate when you resume manufacturing? If your company is an “essential business” that never stopped production, is there room for improvement as you cope with COVID-19? You know you need to clean your facility more regularly (and deeply), but cleaning does not add value to your company’s products. Moreover, productivity-killers that were present before the pandemic pose new risks as you seek to maintain physical distancing and overcome supply chain disruptions. How will your ramp-up production and meet pent-up demand during the “new normal”?

Fortunately, there are three ways to stop wasted movement that can also help to protect your most important assets – your employees. Let’s take a look at people, materials and assembly.

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