In a manufacturing setting where consistent quality matters, variability in how individual technicians and operators perform their jobs can be frustrating for managers. Companies need a way to achieve consistent quality, without reducing the capacity for innovation and improvement.
When it comes to continuous quality improvement and removing defects from a process, Six Sigma continues to be the gold standard in manufacturing and process management. This structured, data-driven methodology for discovering problems relies on rigorous analysis of production and process data. For many companies, engaging in a Six Sigma process can be time consuming or even a bit daunting.
You may have heard the term Six Sigma used in conjunction with lean manufacturing, a Kaizen approach or continuous quality improvement. Perhaps you thought Six Sigma only applied to large-scale business operations, or that newer philosophies had overtaken Six Sigma as the most updated approach to quality management? But if you're looking for a way to improve your production processes or solve a problem you’re having with quality, Six Sigma might be the answer. Are you and your team familiar with these concepts? Here's an overview.