Lean Six Sigma Process Improvement
In process optimization we make use of the Lean Six Sigma methodology. Lean Six Sigma is distinct in two concepts: Six Sigma and Lean Thinking.
Six Sigma has made its entrance in the 80’s Motorola as a solution for problems in the manufacturing quality and customer satisfaction. It is a quality management method to improve operational results of an organization by means of the identification of the problems of work processes and to improve them.
Lean thinking is a Toyota Production System that the last 50 years has been developed. In the entire system is optimum streamlining pursued by means of the complete removal of waste. In addition, to build in the focus on quality in the production process which is held to the principle of cost reduction. Lean Thinking is a thinking, that is based on collection of principles. Central to this is the time that is given to the tackling of wastefulness of a process. The waste of time in a process we are trying to reduce can lead to improvement of the quality.
‘Lean principles are identified by reduction of waste in processes and has the aim to create more value for the customer’.
The Principles of Lean Six Sigma: The activities that cause the customer’s critical-to-quality issue and create the longest time delays in any process off the greates opportunity for improvement in cost, quality, capital, and lead time.
Lean Six Sigma can be regarded as a quality management methodology. Organizations can control processes fully as they know how each process goes and know how these must be measured. Lean Six Sigma explains how to impact company’s performance, by combining the strength of today’s two most important initiatives Lean Production and Six Sigma into one integrated methodology.*
‘To Measure is To Know’, is the basis of Lean Six Sigma.
The philosophy of the Lean Six Sigma improvement process is focused on the customer:
- Make sure that the customer gets the Services that is requested.
- Remove errors from the processes.
- Reduce process costs.
- Improve results.
Time and quality are the two most important metrics in improving any company’s production and profit performance.
Lean Six Sigma is successfully supported by inter alia: DMAIC, Kaizen, 5S and Poka Yoke.
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*Source: Lean Six Sigma, Michael L. George and Lean Solutions