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The article is about 10 types of wastes (core manufacturing, support services waste and stress, waste) link to lean tools and the effects. This research limelights the negative and positive influence of lean tools on the waste in a business process.

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In a manufacturing setup normally the manufacturing wastes such as overproduction; waiting; transportation; over processing; inventory; movement; and defective products; human health, and space are focused. This article lists nine other types of wastes and its connection to lean tools and practices. This is the first study that connects the set of lean tools to various wastes in business processes. The results can provide a new approach to take remedial steps on lean tools that increase waste

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The article addresses the connectivity between various lean tools and wastes. Not that all lean tools reduce waste, at times they increase wastes. This research limelights the negative and positive influence of lean tools on the waste in a business process.

Mahesh Babu Purushothaman
Auckland University of Technology

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This page is a summary of: Waste reduction using lean tools in a multicultural environment, Journal of Cleaner Production, August 2020, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.121681.
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