The waste of motion refers to all movement of people and equipment which is not required to add value. Excess motion of people costs time and causes stress. In some cases, non-ergonomic motion even results in injury. Motion of equipment costs energy and causes wear.

Examples:

  • Operators searching for tools or material
  • Operators having to bend over for performing a task
  • Software requiring many mouse clicks

Practitioner’s Tip: A Spaghetti Diagram is a great and easy-to-use tool for identifying Transport and Motion Waste in a process.

Learn more about this topic in our Value & Waste Online Course (Demo currently not available for Internet Explorer).

Synonyms:
Motion
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