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Safety Committee

Safety Committee

Implementing a safety committee can help improve the overall safety of your company. Discussing safety concerns and resolving them will keep your employees safe.

Lean Manufacturing, Lean, Workplace Safety, Safety, Six Sigma

Quality Control in Manufacturing

Quality Control in Manufacturing

Quality control in manufacturing is essential to maintaining a good customer base and keeping rework costs down.

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Lean, Kaizen, TPM, Facility Efficiency, Gemba, Six Sigma

Six Sigma Certification

Six Sigma Certification

Are you wanting to learn more about Six Sigma certification? Review this basic information on what it takes to become Six Sigma certified.

Lean Manufacturing, Lean, Kaizen, Facility Efficiency, Six Sigma

What is QCDSM?

What is QCDSM?

QCDSM: Quality, Cost, Delivery, Safety and Morale. Learn how this simple lean principle can help your business.

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Kanban, Facility Efficiency, Gemba, Six Sigma

8 Wastes of Lean

8 Wastes of Lean

The 8 Wastes of Lean is a much-needed update to the what the Toyota Production System called the 7 Wastes of Lean. Fighting these wastes head on will help your facility run more smoothly and efficiently.

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Kanban, Facility Efficiency, Gemba, Six Sigma

Six Sigma Belt Levels

Six Sigma Belt Levels

Have you ever wondered what the Six Sigma belt levels are? Learn the requirements for each belt level and what it will do for your organization.

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Facility Efficiency, Gemba, Six Sigma

Supply Chain Integration

Supply Chain Integration

Supply chain integration refers to the process of integrating all parts of fulfillment into one single system. Learn the steps to get your supply chain integrated into an easy-to-manage system.

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Kanban, Floor Marking, Safety Signs, Facility Efficiency, Gemba, Six Sigma

What is a Thermal Printer?

What is a Thermal Printer?

Thermal printers are essential to printing in an industrial setting. Learn about the two types of thermal printing to determine which one suits your facility’s needs.

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Kanban, GHS, Arc Flash, Pipe Marking, Electrical Safety, Safety Signs, OSHA, NFPA, Wire Marking, Labeling, Workplace Safety, Facility Efficiency, Mining Safety, Gemba, Hazcom, Fire Safety, Military Equipment, Safety, Six Sigma

Six Sigma Black Belt

Six Sigma Black Belt

For people wanting to master the six sigma methodologies, earning six sigma belts is the best way to master the principles associated with Six Sigma.

Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma

Six Sigma Green Belt

Six Sigma Green Belt

Earning a Six Sigma green belt is the first step toward mastering Six Sigma methodologies. Learn how to get started here.

Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma

Six Sigma Principles

Six Sigma Principles

Find out how to properly implement six sigma principles to promote success in your business.

Lean Manufacturing, Facility Efficiency, Six Sigma

Learning and Implementing the Lean Process

Learning and Implementing the Lean Process

Learning the basics about the lean process is essential when implementing continuous improvement changes. We have broken down the lean process so its easy to understand.

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Kanban, Facility Efficiency, Gemba, Six Sigma

Focusing on Continuous Improvement in the Workplace

Focusing on Continuous Improvement in the Workplace

Facilities that focus on continuous improvement become more competitive over time and can maintain their advantages in their industry, but only if the improvement efforts are done correctly.

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Kanban, Facility Efficiency, Six Sigma

ANSI Standards

ANSI Standards

The American National Standards Institute makes guidelines that could impact your workplace.

5S, Lean, Safety Signs, OSHA, Regulations & Compliance, Six Sigma

Six Sigma

Six Sigma

Learn the essential elements of Six Sigma and the levels of certification.

Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma

Six Sigma Questions and Answers

When was Six Sigma developed?

Six Sigma was first established in the 1980s, by a team of consultants that were hired to help improve quality at Motorola. The story of Six Sigma’s origin started in a place where good stories rarely begin: a board room, in a manager’s meeting. In the eighties, a group of Motorola executives were discussing, among other things,… read answer

What is Six Sigma certification?

Six Sigma certification is a way for individuals to improve their knowledge and experience with the quality management philosophy known as Six Sigma. Certification puts an emphasis on both knowledge and application so that people will be experienced enough to apply Six Sigma in the workplace. There are several levers of certifications available to work… read answer

How is Six Sigma different from Kaizen?

There are many similarities between Six Sigma and Kaizen, but ultimately, what makes them differ is that Six Sigma is built to improve one specific area, which is quality of product/services provided. Kaizen is a more general, since its goal is to have companies strive toward continued improvement across the board. Six Sigma’s goal is… read answer

Who can do Six Sigma?

There aren’t technically any legal requirements to practice Six Sigma. Six Sigma isn’t like medicine, counseling, or private investigation; there’s no license required or permit to request to become a Six-Sigma facility. Still, to implement and sustain Six Sigma successfully, you’ll want a Six Sigma expert to lead the charge. Six Sigma requires a significant education on… read answer

What is required for Six Sigma certification?

For Six Sigma certification, study and experience is required. There are various ways to get started on the path toward earning Six Sigma belts. For more information, visit here. Six Sigma certification is broken down using the belt system. The levels of the system are broken down like this: white belt, yellow belt, green belt, black… read answer

What are the benefits of Six Sigma?

There are many benefits to Six Sigma. This Lean method works to rid your facility of one of the costliest wastes: defects. Defects plague manufacturing businesses because defective products cost companies in both expensive resources and workers’ time. Bill Smith, one of the engineering consultants that helped create Six Sigma, understood that the key to… read answer

How can Six Sigma help a company?

Six Sigma can help companies become more productive, effective, lucrative and efficient by eliminating waste and streamlining processes. Six Sigma helps eliminate one of the costliest wastes of manufacturing: defects. If you haven’t heard of them before, Lean manufacturing identifies the following as the 8 Wastes of Lean: Defects - products or services that don't meet company… read answer

Can Six Sigma be implemented everywhere?

Since Six Sigma doesn’t require any special equipment or conditions for implementation, it can be implemented everywhere and anywhere. Six Sigma methods aren’t restricted by manufacturing size, numbers of employees, or scale of operation. Whether you’re a multi-national corporation with dozens of manufacturing facilities scattered across six continents or a local, twenty-five-employee sausage factory, Six… read answer

Can Six Sigma be used in service industries?

This is a great question. For most, Six Sigma seems like its uses and advantages would only benefit industrial manufacturing, since its intended purpose is to improve mass production processes and greatly reduce the chances of inconsistencies (3.4 per million production cycles, to be exact). But businesses that focus on manufacturing aren’t the only ones… read answer

What are Six Sigma principles?

In a nutshell, these three elements encompass the following principles: Six Sigma aims to make continuous improvements to production. It believes stable and predictable production results are crucial to sustaining success in the long-term. Manufacturing processes can—and need to be—measured, analyzed, and controlled. In order for Six Sigma to succeed in a company, company-wide effort, commitment, and cooperation… read answer

What are the five different Six Sigma belts?

Six Sigma certifications are measured using the martial-arts inspired belt system: white, yellow, green, black, and master black. White Belt Note: this belt isn’t actually a certification The white belt is a more informal designation than the other belts, since it doesn’t actually count toward actual certification. This belt is for anyone interested in completing Six Sigma certification—it’s… read answer

How can Six Sigma be used in project management?

Six Sigma can absolutely be used for project management. In fact, this method is best used in small, scalable projects that produces data and results easily collected, controlled, and analyzed by project managers. In order for project managers to successfully implement Six Sigma, though, they will need a significant amount of information on Lean methods and… read answer

Is Six Sigma Lean?

Yes, Six Sigma is a Lean manufacturing method that focuses specifically on quality control and quality management. Six Sigma uses a number of foundational Lean methods to establish its principles. In fact, Six Sigma’s whole purpose is to combat defects, which is one of the 8 Wastes of Lean: Defects, Overproduction, Waiting, Non-utilized talent, Transportation,… read answer

What is Six Sigma?

Six Sigma is a quality-management strategy meant to reduce defects and thus minimize the need for rework. Its goal is to decrease the chance of deviation as much as possible. More specifically, Six Sigma aims to have fewer than 3.4 defects per million production cycles. In a nutshell, these three elements encompass the following principles: Six Sigma… read answer

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Starting Continuous Improvement

Starting Continuous Improvement

Continuous improvement is best started with management on board. Expert in the field, Jeff Hajek, describes the structure a company needs to support it. Jeff tells of creating a continuous improvement

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Kanban, Six Sigma

Starting Lean Six Sigma, Pt. 2

Starting Lean Six Sigma, Pt. 2

Starting Lean Six Sigma, Pt. 2 continues with Six Sigma Black Belt Chuck Hardy. Chuck tells of the value of a mentor. He offers advice on books to help anyone

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma

Starting Lean Six Sigma, Pt. 1

Starting Lean Six Sigma, Pt. 1

Starting Lean Six Sigma with an expert. Chuck Hardy is a Black Belt in Six Sigma. Chuck tells of lean as a cultural thing. Brandon Nys and Kyle Holland interview Chuck

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Six Sigma

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