Below are Lean Six Sigma success stories in the Heavy Equipment industry organized alphabetically. For success stories in other industries, please visit our Lean Six Sigma Success Stories page.
In 2006, Caterpillar reduced its total global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 36 percent per dollar of revenue, exceeding its 2010 goal of 20 percent intensity reduction. The company again exceeded the goal in 2007 with a 38 percent intensity reduction over 2002. Projects implemented by Six Sigma teams focused on heating efficiency, more efficient lighting and control of equipment and can be replicated across the globe at Caterpillar facilities, not only reducing emissions, but also saving money, improving quality and engaging employees.
Lean Six Sigma Key Component Of Hypertherm’s Growth And Environmental Sustainability
Lean Six Sigma is one of the reasons for high temperature metal cutting products company Hypertherm’s success. Hypertherm’s first forays into continuous improvement began with instituting safe work habits using 5S and Visual Factory. The company has since created a corporate improvement team with Lean Six Sigma experts to contribute to further improvement. The results speak for themselves: Hypertherm has a “no-layoff” policy, regularly averages a 24% profit-sharing payout per employee, has given 30% of its stock to employees, and has created training academies for further educate employees and help them advance their careers.
Hypertherm’s use of Lean Six Sigma techniques has expanded to include environmental sustainability: in 2011 alone, the company eliminated 52 tons of waste using zero-sort recycling and another 13 tons using composting. Furthermore, Hypertherm has reduced heating oil usage from 155.86 to 75.85 gallons/day, has saved 1,062 kWh/year with LED lights, changed their manufacturing coolant to canola oil, installed a filtration and re-use system, and returns shipping materials to suppliers to encourage reuse.
Schwing Stetter India is constantly innovating to stay competitive. Schwing Stetter is one of the few companies in India who regularly rolls out new products. To roll out new products successfully, the company must be advanced in customer service, organization, and creativity. Six Sigma methodology is one improvement method that Schwing Stetter adopted at their manufacturing plants. Adoption of this methodology has bagged SS multiple awards for their manufacturing processes.