Lean Six Sigma


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 Training


Lean Six Sigma Training focuses on the improvement of the quality of numerous process outputs. It also helps minimize variability in business processes and manufacturing. 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. A Unique Training Regimen.

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Six Sigma Tools and Inventory Management


Growing up in the 1990s, you might have heard the term “Six Sigma” at the dinner table or in the news. Instead, it refers to a quality management improvement process used by large scale manufacturers. What is Six Sigma? Six Sigma Methodologies.

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


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.

Multi-echelon Inventory Optimization and Lean/Six Sigma

Supply Chain Action Blog

The reduction of lead times and lot sizes through lean in manufacturing has focused on reducing setup time to eliminate waiting and work-in-process inventory, as well as the frequent use of physical and visible signals for replenishment of consumption. The Importance of Six Sigma. Six sigma pursues reduced variability in processes. Crucial Tradeoffs for Manufacturers. The Emerging Role of Optimization in Business Decisions.

Multi-echelon Inventory Optimization and Lean/Six Sigma

Supply Chain Action Blog

The reduction of lead times and lot sizes in manufacturing has focused on reducing setup time and the frequent use of physical and visible signals for replenishment. The Importance of Six Sigma. Six sigma pursues reduced variability in processes. In manufacturing, this relates most directly to the controlling a production process so that defective lots or batches do not result. Crucial Tradeoffs for Manufacturers.

Using TOC, Lean and Six Sigma to Become More Demand-Driven


I have watched TOC solutions work exceedingly well in manufacturing, scheduling, replenishment, and project management for continuous improvements that truly revolutionize environments. Next time we’ll talk about an even more fine-tuned refinement tool- Six Sigma.

Fast Results Using TOC for Demand-Driven Manufacturing – Part Two


Manufacturers use constraints management first to gain the most demand-driven change. We discussed that continuous improvement tools such as TOC, Lean and Six Sigma work like “sandpaper” on an organization’s processes, smoothing various stages of their demand-driven journey.

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


Over the years, working for and with numerous manufacturing companies, I’ve seen many supply chain practices that cost companies money. CQI, TQM, Six-Sigma, Lean, etc. by John Westerveld.

What Sandpaper Will You Use? – Part One


Demand-driven manufacturing leaders are always refining their tools and tactics to ensure they’re spending their time wisely. During this discussion, I want to explain how the methodologies of TOC, Lean, and Six-Sigma work like sandpaper.

Lean Manufacturing Driven by Rapid Return on eKanban Technology Investment


Lean Manufacturing relies heavily on trusted relationships with suppliers and pre-negotiated terms of engagement. An eKanban system exposes this flexibility so that manufacturers and suppliers can rapidly evaluate the true capability of the system to respond to a specific change in demand.

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Diving into Data: A Lean Six Sigma Journey

Inbound Logistics

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

Diving into Data: A Lean Six Sigma Journey

Inbound Logistics

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

How to Achieve Outcome-based Continuous Improvement


Manufacturers, more than any other sector, know they must continually improve their operations. Lean and Six Sigma provide the most recognizable frameworks for continuous improvement. But for some manufacturers, there’s a challenge. Step Six – Develop a Practical Plan.

Manufacturers Should Focus on This Most Critical Component for Manufacturing Operations Excellence


We conclude this two part series about manufacturing operations excellence by consultant Chuck Intrieri, by outlaying why manufacturers should focus on a critical component that will help sustain manufacturing operations excellence for years to come. What is Driving Sustainable Manufacturing Operations Excellence? What is the most important part of manufacturing? The most important resource in manufacturing is people.

How to Sustain a Lean Culture in Manufacturing & Supply Chain


Developing Standard Work is one of the more difficult Lean Six Sigma disciplines; however, if efficiently developed, it should allow virtually anyone to perform the work without any variance in the desired output. Lean Manufacturing Supply Chain lean culture

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Lean Manufacturing


Whenever decisions are made in purchasing, marketing, manufacturing, o r customer service, inventory levels across these asset types will be impacted. For example, it is extremely hard for an inventory analyst to attempt to reduce inventories when the manufacturing area is frequently changing production schedules without informing the inventory analyst of the changes. Six Sigma is about understanding and reducing variation. A Systems Approach to Inventory Management.

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Opinion: The Benefits of a Data-Driven Supply Chain


For decades, manufacturers have used quantitative methods such as Statistical Process Control, Lean and Six Sigma to maximize the efficiency and reliability of their production processes.

Manufacturers, Technology, and the Digital Age

Enterra Insights

Manufacturers have historically found themselves at the cutting edge of technological advances. It’s surprising, then, to read stories encouraging manufacturers to jump aboard the Digital Age technology bandwagon. ” He noted, “Each of these technologies will fundamentally change how products are manufactured.” 2] It makes perfect sense that manufacturing must adapt to the digital age. Manufacturing Cycle Time.

Applying Lean 6 Sigma Principles to the Supply Chain


Fifteen years ago, I worked for a company that embraced Lean 6 Sigma as a core operating fundamental. Just about every member of the management team was a Lean 6 Sigma Black Belt and many had attained a level of Master Black Belt.

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It’s Time: Manufacturers Need to Cut Ties with MRP and Spreadsheets


A few years ago, Aberdeen Group did a study that showed that 63% of “best in class” manufacturers still used spreadsheets for planning. The methods used, such as eKanban , Lean Six Sigma , Theory of Constraints , are no doubt familiar to you.

Why Lean Fails in Manufacturing, Distribution or Service Industries

The Lean Supply Chain

I interviewed Chuck Intrieri who discussed Why Lean Fails in Manufacturing, Distribution or Service Industries. This is Six Sigma. If you add Lean to Six Sigma (Lean Six Sigma or LSS) you obtain quality at a faster throughput to the customer.

The Current State of PPE in Healthcare: Guest Post from Professor Blan Godfrey


In the last few weeks, me and my research team of Beena, Nikhil, and Pratyush have been communicating frequently with Professor Blan Godfrey , and his team of graduate students taking his Six Sigma class. Last week his team did a big push to finish their six sigma project with a focus on their presentation for his graduate class on Lean Six Sigma. They were also able to mass produce product with sophisticated manufacturing facilities.

10 CEOs Reveal Favorite Operations Management Book

Supply Chain Opz

Operations Management is a subject taught in business school anywhere in the world. However, classic textbooks seem to have the same teaching approach, content outline and even case studies.

The Branded Supply Chain

DELMIA Quintiq

And Whirlpool’s supply chain embodies its brand value of innovation with Six Sigma accuracy and cutting-edge manufacturing processes. Manufacturing Supply Chain Planning & OptimizationDiscover the highest level of branding where others are least likely to look.

5 Keys to Manufacturing Transformation


Almost every manufacturer we talk to these days is in the process of implementing (or planning to implement) some sort of change in the way they approach operations: Theory of Constraints (TOC), Lean, Six Sigma, just to name a few. Related post: Is Demand Manufacturing Lean?

Don’t Lose Your Balance on Electronic Recycling

Talking Logistics

Kevin is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt and has 35+ experience in Industrial Engineering in the electronics manufacturing and recycling business operations. Dismantling an electronic device can be complex and costly.

7 Best Supply Chain Books of All Time

Supply Chain Opz

Only highly relevant books about fundamentals of supply chain management will be listed (books discuss algorithms for supply chain network design extensively are not included here, books about information system, customer service, project management, inventory management, purchasing, lean manufacturing, six sigma are not included here either.) - In case of newer books, we use Amazon Sales Rank to determine the books' performance.

Operations Management: CEOs Reveal 10 Favorite Books

Supply Chain Opz

Operations Management is a subject taught in business school anywhere in the world. However, classic textbooks seem to have the same teaching approach, content outline and even case studies.

Robots in the Building: The Positive Influence of AI for Supply Chain Planners


A recent, typical job ad for a demand planner lists technical criteria including APICS and Six Sigma certification, alongside “negotiation, communications, and presentation skills”. . Have you looked at a job listing for a supply chain planner recently?

7 Best Customer Service Books CEOs Read

Supply Chain Opz

Those people you are dealing with every day is actually your "internal customer" (as in lean manufacturing or six sigma initiatives.) Customer Service Books Related Resources - Supply Chain Books - Purchasing Book - Six Sigma Books - Operations Management Book - Inventory Control Book - Lean Books - International Business Book Last review and update: March 20, 2020

Dr. Takao Sakai


We can now democratize Just-In-Time to be available at unprecedented scale to all Kaizen professionals and related areas such as Lean Manufacturing and Lean Six Sigma.

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


Utilize Six Sigma’s DMAIC : Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control to solve any problems or roadblocks. It does not require the complex systems and wasteful transactions that are usually used by manufacturing companies.

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Demand-Driven Supply Chain Transformation


By applying demand-driven methods and synchronizing processes, manufacturers are reaching new levels of communication, profitability, and customer responsiveness. These manufacturers can instantly adapt to demand fluctuations, by sending real-time signals across their supplier network.

Make Your Supply Chains Less Complex – and Less Wasteful!

Talking Logistics

Lean is often associated with discrete manufacturing processes, but the discipline has been adapted and implemented in the process industries too, as documented in the book “ Lean for the Process Industries: Dealing with Complexity ” (Productivity Press, May 2009) by Peter L. Unfortunately, many companies in the process industry still have a limited view of their value streams — that is, their view usually doesn’t extend past their manufacturing processes or four walls.