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  • Six Sigma – 6σ

    What is Six Sigma? Six Sigma is a set of techniques and tools for process improvement. It was developed...

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    What is 5S? 5S is the name of a workplace organization method that uses a list of five Japanese...

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    What is 5 Whys? The 5 Whys is an iterative question-asking technique used to explore the cause-and-effect...

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    Lean Training Courses. Speaker: ASQ.   Learn how to implement lean. Join one of their Instructor-led...

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A Reason to Do Lean and Six Sigma Executives Will Embrace

05/07/2017 13:180 comments
A Reason to Do Lean and Six Sigma Executives Will Embrace

Early in my career, some 30 years ago, I had a conversation with my boss that went something like this: Boss: “Yeah, Dyer, what do you want now?” Me: “I was reading in the latest issue of IndustryWeek magazine (the company provided subscriptions to all of the engineers) that in […]

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Professional Development: MBA vs. Lean Six Sigma

05/01/2017 5:170 comments
Professional Development: MBA vs. Lean Six Sigma

You have been passed over for that coveted promotion. Once you have moved through the range of emotions that inevitably ensues, you are determined to move forward. In assessing your situation, you conclude a lack of education is the problem. The education path has been etched in stone as: grade […]

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What’s holding US manufacturing back?

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What’s holding US manufacturing back?

There has been an ongoing national conversation about bringing manufacturing back to the United States. The government, states, educators, and organizations have been pushing a resurgence through, addressing many of the roadblocks facing these organizations, including: lack of skilled labor, decreased sales, advancing lean manufacturing, integrating additive manufacturing, robotics, IoT […]

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Watson’s Cognitive Visual Inspection in Lean Manufacturing Processes

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Watson’s Cognitive Visual Inspection in Lean Manufacturing Processes

At Hannover Messe 2017, IBM today launched a new IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) solution, Cognitive Visual Inspection, to provide manufacturers with a ‘cognitive assistant’ on the factory floor to minimize costly defects and increase product quality. This announcement should both spark interest and be no surprise to anyone […]

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Self-Driving Vehicle Helps GE with Lean Manufacturing

Self-Driving Vehicle Helps GE with Lean Manufacturing

GE Healthcare has reduced the size of its repair cell stations at its repair operations center by 40%, due to a self-driving vehicle named OTTO. A fleet of OTTOs is used to deliver parts to workstation cells to handle over 2,000 repairs of medical devices weekly at GE’s Healthcare’s 280,000 […]

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PBA Group remains as lean manufacturing and fast as a startup

04/17/2017 13:180 comments
PBA Group remains as lean manufacturing and fast as a startup

Singapore FROM distributing mechanical and automation products to now manufacturing its own products using advanced manufacturing, PBA Group has grown by leaps and bounds in its 30 years of history. Now, it has set up a training centre to help other small and medium enterprises (SMEs) like itself join the […]

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Are ‘Concrete Heads’ Wrecking Your Lean Manufacturing Efforts?

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Are ‘Concrete Heads’ Wrecking Your Lean Manufacturing Efforts?

Question: Lean or CI experts seem to be the first to get laid off at manufacturers. How can we change this mentality of management? Also, there is a tendency to outsource many products instead of fixing the processes in the U.S.A. and making sure all of the expenses of making […]

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USG Corporation Wins Award of Excellence for Lean Six Sigma Deployment of the Year

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USG Corporation Wins Award of Excellence for Lean Six Sigma Deployment of the Year

USG Corporation (USG), an industry-leading manufacturer of building products and innovative solutions, is a recipient of the 2017 Lean & Six Sigma World Excellence Award for ‘Lean Six Sigma Deployment of the Year’ from the American Quality Institute as part of its annual Lean & Six Sigma World Conference. Now […]

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Be a no-nonsense project manager with this Lean Six Sigma training and certification

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Be a no-nonsense project manager with this Lean Six Sigma training and certification

How many work projects have you been involved in that start with loads of wasted time before things get on track? We’ve all been there, which is why the Lean Six Sigma project management philosophy has become so popular — and why a chance to get a full Lean Six […]

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Is Talent or Process Vital to Lean Success? It’s Not Really a Choice

04/09/2017 7:390 comments
Is Talent or Process Vital to Lean Success? It’s Not Really a Choice

There is a common lean phrase, “Bad systems beat good people.” Sometimes it is attributed to Dr. W. Edwards Deming although it isn’t actually his quote. I’ve used it for 20 years but couldn’t tell you if I heard it or was paraphrasing Dr. Deming’s teaching. The sentiment is that […]

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