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

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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.

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?” A worldwide provider of electrical power generation systems, Cummins Power Generation (Cummins) uses Six Sigma (6S) as its primary continuous improvement methodology.

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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.

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.

Six Sigma Methods in Logistics

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“Streamline.” Optimize.” Deep Dive.” These buzzwords are some of the worst offenders in terms of overuse and annoyance. But despite the eye-rolls they trigger from business professionals these days, they are actually pretty good words. Supply Chain Challenges Logistics Systems KANE Company Culture

5 Keys to Implementing Improvement Initiatives

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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.

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.

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

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

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. Many training courses and books will attempt to separate the Lean tools from the Six Sigma tools.

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

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Next time we’ll talk about an even more fine-tuned refinement tool- Six Sigma. Until then, please let me know how you have used the tools of TOC, Lean and Six Sigma to refine your continuous improvement projects.

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

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 Six Sigma: Leaning by Degrees

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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. A Unique Training Regimen.

Multi-echelon Inventory Optimization and Lean/Six Sigma

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The Importance of Six Sigma. Six sigma pursues reduced variability in processes. There has been a natural interest in the convergence of lean and six sigma so that fixed constraints like lead time and lot size can be continuously attacked and reduced while, at the same time, identifying the root causes of variability and reducing or eliminating them. The Emerging Role of Optimization in Business Decisions.

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, QRM or DDMRP after all?

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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.

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.

5 Skills Necessary For Maximizing Logistics Effectiveness

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Be ready to rationalize the process of Six Sigma within your organization. The tools and techniques of Six Sigma put team’s heads together and stimulate innovation. With the correct application of Six Sigma, an enterprise shall not forfeit modernization to maintain high quality. . . Editor's Note: Today's blog is from our friend Robert Everett who gives us some fantastic tips for managing logistics effectiveness.

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. 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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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. Then they study various Six Sigma approaches from GE, Dupont and Honeywell.

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.

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.

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.

10 CEOs Reveal Favorite Operations Management Book

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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 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.

How Shippers And Logistics Providers Can Keep The Relationship Fresh

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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).

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

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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.

7 Supply Chain Lessons from Lenovo

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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.

Operations Management: CEOs Reveal 10 Favorite Books

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Do You Have a Proactive Supply Chain Design or a Reactive One?

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He is a Six Sigma Green Belt specializing in process layouts and equipment implementation. Every supply chain has a central purpose, regardless of size or industry: getting materials from their point of origin to the place they’re needed as quickly and inexpensively as possible. Designing a supply chain to accomplish that task isn’t as straightforward as it seems, especially when technology is involved.

Selecting the Right Material Handling Equipment for a New or Existing Facility

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He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Imagine you’ve been tasked with choosing material handling equipment for your company’s warehouse or manufacturing facility.

10th Pan-European Conference in the P2P Series

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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 chain

How to Sustain a Lean Culture in Manufacturing & Supply Chain

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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.

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LEAN throughtout the Supply Chain

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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.

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.

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.