Efficient, Optimized Laboratory Workflows with New “8 Wastes” Lean Lab Guide from METTLER TOLEDO

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The “8 Waste” methodology of lean management principles focuses on lab processes in a new METTLER TOLEDO guide and offers a useful way to identify non-value adding or unnecessary steps in routine workflows. Commonly performed tasks benefit from streamlining in terms of productivity and cost savings.

8 Wastes Guide

Guide to 8 Wastes in the Lab

Created with the help of both internal and external process experts, METTLER TOLEDO’s “8 Wastes Guide” will provide lab operators and managers with a concrete methodology for identifying time- and resource-wasting lab efforts.

Labs often perform the same operations repeatedly, causing process steps to become familiar. This makes it difficult for lab operators and management to assess these processes with a critical eye—particularly in the absence of a systematic methodology to help them identify wasteful or unnecessary actions.

Created with the help of both internal and external process experts, METTLER TOLEDO’s “8 Wastes Guide” will provide lab operators and managers with a concrete methodology for identifying time- and resource-wasting lab efforts. This will help optimize routine workflows such as buffer preparation, batch release, and other common activities.

“8 Wastes” were originally identified by Toyota’s chief engineer Taiichi Ohno within the context of their manufacturing program. Applying this effective framework to labs of all types can improve lead times and process accuracy. This can benefit both internal and external clients and result in processes that are more easily scalable to production volumes.

METTLER TOLEDO’s “8 Wastes Guide” describes what the 8 wastes are, according to the acronym "DOWNTIME", which refers to:

  •     Defects
  •     Over-production
  •     Waiting time
  •     Not engaging all employees
  •     Transportation
  •     Inventory
  •     Motion/distances
  •     Extra-processing

It goes on to provide examples of where these wastes typically occur in a laboratory environment - with examples from a range of workflows - and translates its wisdom into applicable guidelines for assessing workflows using common lab equipment. Laboratory managers and operators can gain a clear idea of where lean potential can be found in day-to-day processing efforts.

Overall, the “8 Wastes” guide will help eliminate errors and improve overall quality and efficiency by ensuring that processes are optimized and sustainable. The guide will also show how to determine the cost- and resource-savings impact of changes that are being contemplated.

Download the guide to learn how to apply “8 Wastes” methodology for process improvements and cost savings in the lab.

About METTLER TOLEDO
METTLER TOLEDO is a leading global manufacturer of precision instruments. The Company is the world’s largest manufacturer and marketer of weighing instruments for use in laboratory, industrial and food retailing applications. The Company also holds top-three market positions for several related analytical instruments and is a leading provider of automated chemistry systems used in drug and chemical compound discovery and development. In addition, the Company is the world’s largest manufacturer and marketer of metal detection systems used in production and packaging. Additional information about METTLER TOLEDO can be found at http://www.mt.com.

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