Originally developed and introduced into every day manufacturing working practices by the American giant Motorola in 1986, Lean Sigma or Six Sigma has quickly established as one of the leading efficiency improvement training courses for many types of business. From SME’s to massive public sector areas, Six Sigma training can be of benefit to any organisation looking to improve effectiveness in the workplace.
Any manufacturing company knows how costly mistakes can be, with one defect or tiny error leading to a possible loss of literally millions of pounds through recalled products or wastage that has to be disposed of.
By using the lean sigma process you begin to build a statistical manufacturing process, which allows you to identify just how many errors are being made when it comes to defective products or items that do not pass the normally stringent quality assurance controls of any decent manufacturing company.
A six sigma process is one in which 99.99966% of the products that a company manufacturer are statistically expected or required to be free of defects, which equates to around 3.4 defects per million products or items produced. This means that your aim for your manufacturing process should be hitting this mark and by implementing the Lean Sigma process to your company, you can save millions of pounds by cutting down the level of defects in your products, because the more products that are ok to sell, the more money you will make.
Going back to the original implementation by Motorola, they set a goal of “six sigma” for all of their manufacturing operations which we have explained above and with many other firms looking at this giant and wanting to replicate its strategies, this term quickly became established in many engineering and manufacturing processes and practices around the world, with more and more companies taking up the training.
Lean Sigma introduces processes, analysis strategies and quality assurance methods that can help any manufacturing or engineering company to reduce the amount of defective, bad or unsellable products, which in the long run increases efficiency of the businesses and more importantly returns a much higher return on investment, because the more you sell, the more you make.
With wastage and unsellable products costing a company anywhere from thousands to millions of pounds every single year depending on the size of the firm, it makes logical sense to find a process that can help to identify where things are going wrong and therefore cut down on the products that will not be able to hit the shelves or sale point.
Lean Sigma starts at the top of the organisation, company or firm, by training high level employees, managers and senior executives, which then filters down throughout the company to make sure that the process is identified and implemented throughout the whole manufacturing procedure, from the board room right down to the factory floor, Lean Sigma can massively help to improve the amount of money your business makes from its products.