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Transportation waste is any unnecessary movement of people, products, materials or information. Let’s clarify. Transportation Waste is not the Same as Motion Waste. One of the key differences is that transportation occurs between process steps and workstations rather than within them.
Although people may need to move to get supplies, tools or other items the difference can be found in that the waste of transportation is focused on moving “stuff” while waste of motion is focused on movement of people. Here's an example, a person moves to get a tool. This is motion waste. Right? Wrong. This is the waste of Transportation because the purpose was to retrieve a tool and the person needed to move to retrieve the tooling.
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