eliminate-defects

Lean Thinking Improves Health Care

Posted in defect, eliminate-defects, Uncategorized on August 26th, 2009 by Frank M – Comments Off

Efficiency enablers, such as a lean mindset and Six Sigma improvement methods, are needed to streamline the American healthcare system. Lowering defects and cutting cycle times can have a dramatic effect on the patient experience and outcomes. …

… “At Washington Hospital Center in the District of Columbia, the ValuMetrix team helped the blood lab cut the turnaround time for results to 46 minutes from 75, saving $79,000 a year. ” …

Via BusinessWeek: American Health Care

MedStar Health Quality Commitment: “committed to a patient-first philosophy that combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with a focus on customer service — in short, quality health care. “

Cost of Quality Moves Up the Value Stream

Posted in eliminate-defects, purchasing, Uncategorized on January 16th, 2009 by Frank M – Comments Off

Expect manufacturers to put pressure on their suppliers to eliminate defects throughout the value stream in order to achieve Six Sigma quality levels. …

… “Manufacturers applying Six Sigma and Lean are eager to remove waste completely from their value streams, which includes avoiding the production of defective materials in the first place, states John Fishell, director of product management … ” …

Via Purchasing: Quality

Six Sigma Environmental Performance

Posted in eliminate-defects, eliminate-variation, Uncategorized, variation on December 20th, 2008 by Frank M – Comments Off

What role can lean and Six Sigma play in the environmental process? Lower variability and effective processes can prevent real waste that must be disposed of. …

… “By removing variation from production processes, fewer defects inherently result. A reduction in defects can, in turn, help eliminate waste from processes in three fundamental ways: (1) fewer defects decreases the number of products that must be scrapped; (2) fewer defects also means that the raw materials, energy, and resulting waste associated with the scrap are eliminated; (3) fewer defects decreases the amount of energy, raw material, and wastes that are used or generated to fix defective products that can be re-worked. ” …

Via EPA: Lean and the Environment

Cycle Time Improves with Lean Six Sigma

Posted in army, cycle-time, defect, eliminate-defects, eliminate-waste, lean-six-sigma, military, project on May 5th, 2008 by Frank M – Comments Off

Lean project cuts time from the process
Army trims cycle times and eliminates defects with Lean Six Sigma projects. …

… “Those delays became one of the first targets of a Lean Six Sigma project under Lt. Gen. Michael Rochelle, Army deputy chief of staff for personnel. ” …

Via FCW: Army uses Lean

Laboratory Six Sigma

Posted in country-canada, cycle-time, efficiency, eliminate-defects, ge, ge-six-sigma, general-electric, hospital, initiative, laboratory, medical-industry, six-sigma, testing on April 17th, 2008 by Frank M – Comments Off

Hospital laboratory uses Six Sigma to drive its efficiency initiative. Cycle times for testing are decreasing. …

… “The lab is also using the principles of Six Sigma, a system meant to help companies eliminate defects that has been embraced by General Electric and other manufacturers. ” …

Via The StarPhoenix: Saskatoon Health Region

Six Sigma Manufacturing Excellence Recognized

Posted in eliminate-defects, excellence, general-cable, leadership, manufacturing-excellence, recognition, region-north-america on February 3rd, 2008 by Frank M – Comments Off

The Indianapolis, Indiana based plant of General Cable is recognized for its manufacturing excellence across multiple dimensions. The company culture built on a foundation of principles and uses lean and Six Sigma methods to eliminate waste and defects. …

General Cable plant is named Best in North America

… “General Cable was chosen out of 32 companies, who were actually chosen out of 165 other facilities across North America who were nominated as leaders in their industries. ” …

Via Terra Haute Tribune Star: Best Plant in America

Six Sigma Manufacturing Excellence Recognized

Posted in eliminate-defects, excellence, general-cable, leadership, manufacturing-excellence, recognition, region-north-america on February 3rd, 2008 by Frank M – Comments Off

The Indianapolis, Indiana based plant of General Cable is recognized for its manufacturing excellence across multiple dimensions. The company culture built on a foundation of principles and uses lean and Six Sigma methods to eliminate waste and defects. …

General Cable plant is named Best in North America

… “General Cable was chosen out of 32 companies, who were actually chosen out of 165 other facilities across North America who were nominated as leaders in their industries. ” …

Via Terra Haute Tribune Star: Best Plant in America

Lean MES Manufacturing Execution Software Makes Inventory Visible

Posted in analysis, asset-utilization, dashboard, eliminate-defects, eliminate-variation, factory, manufacturing-execution-software, manuvis, mes, performance-improvement, queues, reduce-variation, software-products, total-quality-management, value-stream-map, variation, waste-reduction on November 18th, 2007 by Frank M – Comments Off

Manuvis introduces software version that integrates real-time inventory visibility and production metrics in dynamic operational dashbboard. The data visualization supports value stream mapping, queue performance monitoring, and asset utilization. …

Manuvis enhances its MES software to support lean manufacturing and inventory optimization

… “Whereas most manufacturing execution systems (MES) and enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI) solutions focus on production machine output, few offer inventory visibility. Manuvis’ FactoryMRI, built on lean manufacturing principles, offers superior analytical tools that simplify information exchange within an enterprise and provides a common way to help synchronize enterprise assets. These tools help eliminate waste and increase profits, whether uncovering process variations that cause quality defects, identifying sources of waste and helping find untapped capacity. And since data is obtained directly from production machines, total cost of ownership is reduced by eliminating the need for human data entry into PC’s or operate bar code equipment. ” …

Via Manuvis: Real-Time Lean Manufacturing Capabilities

LeanSixSigma: Danaher Business System

Posted in accenture, danaher-business-system, eliminate-defects, inventory-management, kaizen, lean-manufacturing, lean-principles, lean-six-sigma, lean-techniques, operational-efficiency, transformation, waste on November 23rd, 2006 by Frank M – 1 Comment

Accenture partner discusses the transformation that is achieved through Lean Six Sigma implementation. Sustaining high performance that translates into ongoing profitability is the goal. And, lean manufacturing principles become the enterprise’s diet. …

… “At the level of daily management, kaizen events employ a diverse range of operational efficiency tools – including Six Sigma and value-mapping techniques – to eliminate such sources of waste as excess inventory, waiting time, overproduction and quality defects. ” …

Via The Manufacturer: Link

LeanSixSigma: Danaher Business System

Posted in accenture, danaher-business-system, eliminate-defects, inventory-management, kaizen, lean-manufacturing, lean-principles, lean-six-sigma, lean-techniques, operational-efficiency, transformation, waste on November 23rd, 2006 by Frank M – Comments Off

Accenture partner discusses the transformation that is achieved through Lean Six Sigma implementation. Sustaining high performance that translates into ongoing profitability is the goal. And, lean manufacturing principles become the enterprise’s diet. …

… “At the level of daily management, kaizen events employ a diverse range of operational efficiency tools – including Six Sigma and value-mapping techniques – to eliminate such sources of waste as excess inventory, waiting time, overproduction and quality defects. ” …

Via The Manufacturer: Link

Six Sigma Foundation for Professional Services

Posted in approach, eliminate-defects, project on November 22nd, 2006 by Frank M – Comments Off

Network solutions company builds its professional services on a foundation of Six Sigma and project management certification, the PMP credential. …

… “PSG is staffed by an experienced PMP-certified team that delivers professional and managed services backed by the skills and tools of a seasoned team. The Group adheres to the Six Sigma approach, a disciplined, data-driven methodology that effectively eliminates defects and failures at all stages of the product and service cycle. ” …

Via Verso Technologies: Verso Expands Professional Services Group …

New Online Six Sigma Certificate Program

Posted in asq, certificate, eliminate-defects, ge, ge-six-sigma, general-electric, project, six-sigma-black-belt, six-sigma-green-belt on November 17th, 2006 by Frank M – Comments Off

Kaplan U launches on-line Six Sigma certification for green and black belt. …

… “The Six Sigma Certificate is a self-study program that can be completed in six months for the Green Belt level, and 12 months for the advanced Black Belt level. Six Sigma students will learn to more effectively manage quality improvements in both processes and projects. The curriculum includes learning how to define project goals, measure existing performance, and analyze defects to eliminate them from business processes. Professionals with Six Sigma certification typically earn nearly 10 percent more than those without certification, according to the American Society of Quality 2004 Salary Survey. The typical salary for a Six Sigma Black Belt is $88,858. Several of the largest companies in the U.S., including General Electric, use the Six Sigma program. It can be incorporated into every facet of a business, including production, human resources accounts receivable and technical support. ” …

Via Kaplan University: KAPLAN UNIVERSITY LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS …

Total Productive: Equipment Operating Philosophy

Posted in course, eliminate-defects, lean-manufacturing, lean-principles on November 5th, 2006 by Frank M – Comments Off

Opportunity to learn about an equipment operating philosophy based on lean principles. …

… “Total Productive Management: 5-8 p.m. Nov. 6-27 at UW-Marinette, 750 W. Bay Shore, Marinette, Room M-109 of the Main Building. $540 for the 12 hour course. Equipment operating philosophy based on the lean manufacturing concept that aims at extreme productivity by relying on team-based activities to eliminate equipment breakdowns, defects and other losses. ” …

Via Green Bay Press-Gazette: Link

Total Productive Management: Lean Concepts …

Posted in course, eliminate-defects, lean-concepts on October 30th, 2006 by Frank M – Comments Off

Upcoming lean management course …

… “Nov. 6: Total Productive Management: 5-8 p.m. Nov. 6-27 at UW-Marinette, 750 W. Bay Shore, Marinette, Room M-109 of the Main Building. $540 for the 12-hour course. Equipment operating philosophy based on the lean manufacturing concept that aims at extreme productivity by relying on team-based activities to eliminate equipment breakdowns, defects and other losses. ” …

Via Oshkosh Northwestern: Link

Total Productive Management: Lean Concepts …

Posted in course, eliminate-defects, lean-concepts on October 30th, 2006 by Frank M – Comments Off

Upcoming lean management course …

… “Nov. 6: Total Productive Management: 5-8 p.m. Nov. 6-27 at UW-Marinette, 750 W. Bay Shore, Marinette, Room M-109 of the Main Building. $540 for the 12-hour course. Equipment operating philosophy based on the lean manufacturing concept that aims at extreme productivity by relying on team-based activities to eliminate equipment breakdowns, defects and other losses. ” …

Via Oshkosh Northwestern: Link