6 Reasons to implement Six Sigma in your factory
“In a true approach of zero defects, there are no unimportant things”
If you are looking for a methodology to improve your plant processes, save costs and satisfy more and better your customers, the Six Sigma methodology is an option.
What is Six Sigma?
It is a process improvement methodology to bring Quality to levels close to perfection, which corrects problems before they arise. It is about examining the repetitive processes of companies. It is a philosophy of excellence based on data.
The Six Sigma efforts are directed to three main areas:
- Improve customer satisfaction
- Reduce the time in cycle
- Reduce defects
The Dmaic Methodology
The 6S projects allow you to search the root cause of a problem in the most efficient way. It is a systematic method that uses rigorously measured data and statistical analysis to identify sources of error and ways to eliminate them.
The DMAIC methodology can be considered as a roadmap for solving problems and improving the product / process in question. This methodology consists of five phases:
- D – Define the problem and the goals of the project
- M – Measure the process to determine the current performance; quantify the problem.
- A – Analyze and determine the root causes of the defects.
- I – Improve the process by eliminating defects
- C – Control the future process performance
We must rigorously follow the methodology phases, generating iterative loops between the phases to find the root cause of a problem and reach the objectives, always basing our decisions on facts and data.
6 reasons to implement Six Sigma in your factory
- 1. It allows controlling the processes at all times, establishing measurable variables to analyze the operations of each company area, and defining changes or new strategies to improve efficiency.
- 2. Help your organization eliminate errors.
- 3. There is a creation of a business identity that will be based on the search for total quality and excellence.
- 4. Causes products improvement in productivity and profitability thanks to the processes improvement and the greater investments amortization.
- 5. Involves all business professionals and all their areas. The processes improvement must be carried out jointly so that the operation operates smoothly and seamlessly.
- 6. It is applicable to any industrial sector.
We already know the theory. Now, let’s go to practice. Let’s start at the beginning: what process do you need to improve?