Waste reduction options that involve operational, procedural, or material changes (without additions or modifications to equipment) should be implemented as soon as the potential savings have been determined.
Some implementations consist of stepwise changes to the process, each incrementally reducing the amount of waste. Such changes can often be made without large capital expenditures and can be accomplished quickly. This approach is common in waste reduction. When expenditures are small, facilities are willing to make the changes without extensive study and testing. Several iterations of incremental improvement are often sufficient to eliminate the waste stream. Other implementations require large capital expenditures, laboratory testing, piloting, allocating resources, capital, installation, and testing.
Implementation resources should be selected that are as close to the process as possible. Engineers should not do what empowered personnel can do. External resources should not be solicited for a job that an area person can handle. A well-motivated facility can be self-reliant.
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