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Do Lean and Six Sigma have a place in tomorrow’s supply chain?

The Network Effect

Before I answer the title question, let’s have a quick refresher on what exactly Lean and Six Sigma are. Six Sigma owes its roots to the Statistical Process Control developments made by Dr. Walter Shewhart of Bell Laboratories in the 1920′s and later expanded upon by Dr. W. The term most commonly used today is “Lean Six Sigma”. Edwards Deming.

Lean Six Sigma

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What is Lean Six Sigma Logistics? Lean Six Sigma is the combination of two methodologies that complement one another when applied to logistics and supply chain management. Lean Six Sigma Logistics: Lean and the Logistician. Lean Six Sigma Logistics: Six Sigma and the Logistician. The Logistics Bridge Model. Logistics Capability.

How Cummins Power Generation Used Lean Six Sigma to Achieve Significant Transportation Savings

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This often requires a major shift in thinking – from the top down – and for many, implementing a formal process improvement methodology such as Lean Six Sigma (LSS). Lean Six Sigma is about not simply accepting the old way of doing things, but asking “Why do I do that?” or “Is there a better way?”. worldwide provider of electrical power generation systems, Cummins Power Generation (Cummins) uses Six Sigma (6S) as its primary continuous improvement methodology. Barry Gasaway is Vice President, Lean Six Sigma at Transplace.

Smooth the rough spots with TOC, then Lean – and fine-tune with Six Sigma

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Here we are at the final installment of our four-part, Sandpaper blog series about when to use the tools of Lean Manufacturing, the Theory of Constraints (TOC) and Six Sigma to address constraints, drive flow and promote continuous improvement. Refine with Six Sigma. To do this, you need the depth of understanding that Six Sigma lends. Part Four.

Lean Six Sigma

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6 Ways Lean Six Sigma Can Benefit Your Business. What is Lean Six Sigma? Lean Six Sigma combines both Lean and Six Sigma methodologies together, in order to eliminate waste and improve upon processes. Amy Harris, Community Manager for Expert Market, linked with Six Sigma suppliers , offers you six ways Lean Six Sigma can benefit your business.

Lean Six Sigma

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Lean Six Sigma is designed to be a comprehensive program. This creates a challenge when trying to describe what Lean and Six Sigma have to offer when combined. Consequently, it is important for the logistician to understand Lean Six Sigma beyond theory, from a practical point of view. Six Sigma Statistical Process Control Methodology.

5 Keys to Implementing Improvement Initiatives

The Logistics of Logistics

My particular improvement soapbox is Lean Management with some Six Sigma thrown in for good measure. The principles can be applied to anything, just like Lean and Six Sigma. Implementing Lean, or Six Sigma, or Agile, or any other improvement tool requires learning, practice, revelation, realization, and modification. Every industry seems to have its silver bullet for creating improvement. At least, that’s the idea. good friend of mine recently introduced me to the Art of Agile Development for software projects. Their improvements were a remix.

Managing for Daily Improvement: Bridging the Gap Across Teams and KPIs

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Lean Six Sigma (LSS) thrives on the notion that there is always room for improvement, and it looks to eliminate defects that can hinder the flow of a process from moving toward its performance end goal. Prior to his current role, Mr. Eberly was a member of Transplace’s Lean Six Sigma Black Belt team where he earned his LSSBB certification in June 2012.

Medical Surgical Supplier McKesson Goes Lean

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inventory lean manufacturing ekanban supplier kanban Supplier Collaboration pull six sigma supply chain visibilityMcKesson, the leading pharmaceutical distributor providing medical supplies and healthcare IT and driving more than $120 billion in annual sales, engaged with Ultriva by Upland to perform an onsite diagnostic visit to evaluate McKesson's supply chain "vital signs.”

Taking Lean to the Supply Chain

Manufacturing Transformation

Most large manufacturers today have established Lean or Six Sigma programs for their own operations. Considering that Lean and Six Sigma programs are all about consistency and control, and involve cultural and operational transformation, can a manufacturer really expect to extend these practices outside of its own organization? But is it realistic? And, at what cost?

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Diving into Data: A Lean Six Sigma Journey

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Six Sigma helps electronic products company Jabil run like a lean, green manufacturing machine

Lean Six Sigma: Leaning by Degrees

Inbound Logistics

Lean Six Sigma enablers and practitioners are using continuous improvement methodologies to squeeze cost and inefficiency out of the supply chain

Lean Six Sigma Training

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Lean Six Sigma Training focuses on the improvement of the quality of numerous process outputs. Lean Six Sigma Training also helps instill a very lean problem solving culture. Lean Six Stigma Training utilizes a hands-on approach. Lean Six Sigma Training offers a wide range of interactive exercises, workouts and subjects. The Lean Six Sigma Training approach is very popular. The Lean Six Sigma Training also helps participants build lean awareness with other people in the organization. A Unique Training Regimen.

Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #9: Relentless pursuit of one metric at the expense of other metrics.

The 21st Century Supply Chain

CQI, TQM, Six-Sigma, Lean, etc.  General News Sales and operations planning (S&OP) Supply chain collaboration Supply chain management APICS The Association for Operations Management Bachelor''s degree General Electric Information Technology Infrastructure Library Jack Welch Logistics Materials management Motorola New product development Six Sigma by John Westerveld.

The Problems with Lean Program Management

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lean six sigmaLean quality improvement programs can drive millions of dollars in value within your supply chain. But if you're not careful, lean program management can create bureaucratic barriers to getting the work done and realizing this value.

Lean, QRM or DDMRP after all?

Supply Chain Movement

For many years our options were limited to MRP, LEAN and TOC, but these have been augmented by TPM, TQM, WCM and Six Sigma and now we can even choose QRM and DDMRP. Over the last decades we have witnessed the arrival of a large variety of new process improvement methodologies and philosophies. And what do you think about CPFR, VMI, APS, S&OP and IBP? The obvious question is why?

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How Do You Change Behavior in Organizations?

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We interviewed Jim Mikulski, Global Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, to understand how lean thinking is driving innovation at Greene, Tweed and enabling the forward-thinking company to change the game in its industry. Lean Leadership supply chain advancement supply chain insights

Kane Is Able Enhances Its Continuous Improvement Program with 34 Six Sigma Graduates

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KANE -- www.kaneisable.com ) today announced that 34 associates attained their Six Sigma Green Belt certification in early May from Villanova University, acknowledged as one of the premier Lean and Six Sigma education centers in the country. May 16, 2014 - Third-party logistics provider Kane Is Able, Inc. read more

Q&A with Brian Conroy, SVP and Head of Engineering and Industrial Division at IDA Ireland

Manufacturing Transformation

Most sites use Lean 6 Sigma, emphasizing the convergence automation and big data. Automation Big Data Fourth Industrial Revolution Globalization Digital Transformation flexible manufacturing six sigmaOptel Vision’s EMEA operations in Limerick, Ireland, is focused on supplying automated vision inspection systems for the pharma industry worldwide.

Lean Inventory: Using Lean Initiatives To Manage Inventory

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Perfection (Lean principle: Six Sigma) : Continuously refine your inventory management processes to improve quality , cycle time, efficiency and cost ( Six Sigma: DMAIC. In the 1980s, the concepts of Total Quality Managements (TQM) and Six Sigma that were advocated for by W. E. Lean inventory management uses the concepts of TQM and Six Sigma to eliminate.

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7 Supply Chain Transformations at SAMSUNG

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At micro level, they gather the customer preferences and incorporate them into the product design through a method called "Quality Function Deployment". 2) Adopt Six Sigma Methodology : based on "quality movement" in the electronics industry, Samsung believes they can improve the internal operations drastically using Six Sigma.

Supply Chain Management

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Six sigma theories suggest that the number of suppliers we have should be minimized in order to reduce complexity and the associated costs. In a lean and six sigma environment, the role of the logistician is becoming that of a project manager. Project management is the backbone of any lean six sigma initiative. Strategic Sourcing. Project Management. link].

The Neglected Law of Six Sigma

Manufacturing Transformation

In the past six years, they have been exceeding improvement targets in productivity and order fulfillment. They were at 70% six years ago. In fact, the basics of Six Sigma can cast light on this problem. C pk. Sigma level. Going from 70% to 96% is going the journey from One to Two Sigma. The law of business processes says that it will require the same level of effort to increase every Sigma level. Does your company set improvement targets of critical business processes by sigma level or simply by incremental percentage points? 33. 1.

Operational Excellence: Streamlining the Warehouse Layout Process

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Currently, he is the vice president of best practices, which encompasses traditional industrial engineering, Lean, Six Sigma, along with program management and quality. Minghini is also a licensed lead auditor for ISO/TS 16949; a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt; a Lean Bronze Certified Sensei; and a senior member of the American Society for Quality. Storage.

Employing this S.M.A.R.T. Technique with a Logistics Company to Create Total Stakeholder Satisfaction

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Warehousing can have numerous outputs, but here are the core outputs to expect to measure: receiving turnaround, Six Sigma quality checks, put-away time, input-output warehouse rack time, cycle counting, shipping time, re-slotting times, labor times, human resource performance. Implementing and sustaining LEAN initiatives : 5S, Kaizen, Kanban and LEAN Six Sigma to bring value to the customer and go beyond their expectations. Consider Six Sigma quality will be used and measured. To achieve Six Sigma, a process must not produce more than 3.4

10 CEOs Reveal Favorite Operations Management Book

Supply Chain Opz

The most important point is that even Bill Gate reads OM book. 2) Type of Contents: six sigma has gain lots of attention in the service industry so there is no surprise that the CEO of JPMorgan Chase chooses to read the book by legendary six sigma advocate like Jack Welch (this book is not about statistics though-it''s how GE strategically implements six sigma culture across the company).

The Most Reliable Supply Chain…Without Technology?

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They have it down to a science, and they really must all work together to maintain their six sigma performance. They have managed to achieve (not fully knowingly), six sigma rates with very little technology—and no automation. Editor’s Note: This is a blog post about remembering the fundamentals in order to achieve success. Are orders being missed? Back to Basics.

10th Pan-European Conference in the P2P Series

Supply Chain Movement

Get experience on Lean and Six Sigma in indirect procurement. IKEA looking at Lean / Six Sigma for P2P indirect process. Events Amsterdam case studies Conference event Lean Marcus Evans master data management P2P Pan-European Conference Procurement Six Sigma supply chain10th Pan-European Conference in the P2P Series. P2P Process Owners Strategy Workshop.

How Shippers And Logistics Providers Can Keep The Relationship Fresh

Talking Logistics

Implement a Continuous Improvement Methodology: To help support the pursuit of optimizing performance in both the short-term and long-term, the 3PL should employ a continuous improvement approach, such as Lean Six Sigma (LSS). Lean Six Sigma is a way to not simply accept the old way of doing things, but to ask “ Why do I do that? ” or “ Is there a better way?”

Lean Manufacturing Driven by Rapid Return on eKanban Technology Investment

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eKanban is heavily based on Lean and Six Sigma principles and tools, and adds focus to these efforts by eliminating inventory waste through real-time demand signaling and just-in-time replenishment. Lean Manufacturing relies heavily on trusted relationships with suppliers and pre-negotiated terms of engagement. Ensuring supplier performance. Eliminating inventory waste.

7 Supply Chain Lessons from Lenovo

Supply Chain Opz

Then, they create a list of common terms so people can share the same understanding. (6) Use Lean Six Sigma: to improve the operational efficiency and reduce time to market, they implement lean concept. Lenovo has been consistently ranked on the list of supply chain top 25 by research and advisory firm Gartner Inc for more than 4 years in a row.

What’s the biggest cause of poor performance in every supply chain?

The Network Effect

Included in this evolution will be simultaneous efforts focused on organizational change, process reengineering, and lean/six sigma program management. Note: this is part 2 in a series of posts. In The fifth stage was so important, I promised to devote an entire post to it. . The fifth stage is where the concept of variation become very important.  The Network Effect

9 Steps to Establish the Lean Supply Chain: A System of Interconnected & Interdependent Partners

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Utilize Six Sigma’s DMAIC : Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control to solve any problems or roadblocks. Top management knows that lean can add value , but many still haven’t moved past the initial education stage into full-scale lean supply chain implementation. One reason may be that they haven’t made the paradigm shift as to how to implement lean. Reduce Lead Time. days to 3.9

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Operations Management: CEOs Reveal 10 Favorite Books

Supply Chain Opz

The most important point is that even Bill Gate reads OM book. 2) Type of Contents: six sigma has gain lots of attention in the service industry so there is no surprise that the CEO of JPMorgan Chase chooses to read the book by legendary six sigma advocate like Jack Welch (this book is not about statistics though-it''s how GE strategically implements six sigma culture across the company).

9 Key Topics to Understand to Frame A Shipper’s Mind for Effective KPI Management with a 3PL

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Six Sigma’s DMAIC , PDCA and VSM should be used as well to solve problems and gain opportunities. Continuous Improvement, Kaizen, Kaizen Blitz, Value Stream Mapping, Value Engineering and Six Sigma skills are necessary to have by both parties , IT system knowledge is imperative for data analysis , visibility to assets, like inventory, tracking shipments, communication, customization and integration. Editor's Note: As of late you may have noticed we have written a lot about procurement and the future of procurement. How do you know you are getting what you paid for?

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Make Your Supply Chains Less Complex – and Less Wasteful!

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Adam Russell, former group leader and Six Sigma master black belt for Eastman Chemical Company, highlights this problem in a March 2012 article in Chemical Processing : The chemical industry boasts plenty of people with good analytical and problem-solving skills. Take, for instance, Six Sigma black belts. Author’s Note: Below is an excerpt from Moving Up the Supply Chain Maturity Curve: The Process Industry Executive Agenda for 2016 and Beyond , a white paper published earlier this year by Elemica with research conducted by Adelante SCM.

Warehouse Cost Savings: 5 Key Areas of Focus and 13 Practical Objectives

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The backbone of Lean Six Sigma methodology, DMAIC ensures sustained, defect-free performance and highly competitive costs. This is the heart of Lean Six Sigma : reducing variation to make a process more stable and predictable. A Director of Operations, Warehouse Director or Manager, or even the Director of Supply Chain or Logistics, are always in the pursuit of continuous improvement as well as warehouse cost savings in both time and money. With the myriad of tasks and personell, a director or manager must oversee, how on earth are they to get everything done? Labor.

How to Sustain a Lean Culture in Manufacturing & Supply Chain

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The focus is to eliminate all wastes in the organization, improve processes, solve root cause problems, create a pull environment, and ensure that Lean Six Sigma (LSS) works for quality and daily problem solving using DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control) and PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, and Act). First and foremost, look to your people, the best resource you have. link].

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Warehouse Cost Reductions: 3 Understandings Driven By Inventory Management & Lean Principles

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Use the Item Master of the ERP System to set inventory turns to six to eight turns, set minimum/maximum inventories, re-order points and lead times. For instance, if the customer and employee feedback show that product quality issues are prevalent, Lean Six Sigma has to be improved. In the first part I put forth 6 areas of focus in order to reduce logistics costs. Visuals help.

LEAN throughtout the Supply Chain

The Lean Supply Chain

Include the need for Continuous Improvement and implementation of Lean initiatives: 5S, Kaizen, Kanban and Six Sigma… The consumer phase is a significant stage in the wine’s life cycle. The wine Supply Chain and 3PL/4PL:  By Chuck Intrieri & Jesús Galindo de la Torre  April, 2015. Its scope ranges from the supplier to the arrival to the consumer.