Press Release: The “8 Wastes” Guide from METTLER TOLEDO Helps You Optimize Your Laboratory Workflows

Press Release: The “8 Wastes” Guide from METTLER TOLEDO Helps You Optimize Your Laboratory Workflows

METTLER TOLEDO focuses the “8 Waste” methodology of lean manufacturing on lab processes to help you identify and eliminate non-value adding or unnecessary workflow steps for time- and cost-savings.

Greifensee, Switzerland—December 2, 2018—METTLER TOLEDO is pleased to present "The Typical 8 Wastes in the Laboratory and How to Deal with Them." This free guide introduces you to the 8 wastes of lean and offers laboratory-focused examples of where these wastes typically occur. It then offers easy-to-implement solutions that can significantly enhance productivity and save costs.

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

The guide shows how lean principles can offer you this systematic framework. First, it describes the 8 wastes according to the acronym DOWNTIME (defects, over-production, waiting time, not engaging all employees, transportation, inventory, motion/distances, and extra processing). Then, it shows you how to reduce or eliminate these wastes in common workflows using a series of real-world examples.

The 8 wastes were originally identified by Toyota chief engineer Taiichi Ohno within the context of the company’s manufacturing program. Applying this framework to labs can improve lead times and analytical accuracy. This can benefit both internal and external clients and result in processes that are more easily scalable to production.

Overall, the 8 wastes will help you eliminate errors and ensure that processes are sustainable. To download the guide and learn how this potent methodology can help you achieve productivity improvements and cost savings in your lab, please visit:


METTLER TOLEDO is a leading global supplier of precision instruments and services. The Company is the world’s largest manufacturer and marketer of weighing instruments for use in laboratory, industrial and food retailing applications. METTLER TOLEDO also holds top-three market positions in 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 and other end-of-line inspection systems used in production and packaging and holds a leading position in certain process analytics applications. Additional information about METTLER TOLEDO can be found at

Press Contact:


Laboratory Weighing

Branko Radovinovic

Head of Communications Laboratory Weighing

Im Langacher 44, 8606 Greifensee, Switzerland

Tel.: +41 44 944 20 39


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