A while back I wrote about how I felt waiting was the worst of the 7 wastes. OK, so being trapped on an airplane may have influenced that post a bit but I bring it up since I outlined the 7 (or 8 depending on whose book you read) deadly wastes.
I often find that many people are confused about the difference between the waste of “transportation” and the waste of “motion.”
There may be formal definitions available… but I am too lazy to look them up now so I will give you the Ron Pereira version.
When we speak about transportation we are talking about the movement of material or goods. For example, picking up a pallet full of material and hauling it across the factory to be processed could be been as transportation waste.
When we speak about motion we are talking about the unnecessary movement of people. For example, walking an extra 10 steps from one workstation to the next (when they could be moved closer together) will eventually add up to miles of wasted motion. Also, reaching and stretching for parts on the workbench when the material could be placed at point of use could also be seen as wasted motion.
If anyone else has more examples please do share. Until next time, I wish you all the best on your journey towards continuous improvement.