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Lean Six Sigma Is Everywhere

Lean Six Sigma Is Everywhere

Do you ever walk into a store and know at a glance where to find what you need? Do you notice that seemingly long lines can often move really quickly? Do you find yourself wondering why things don't go horribly wrong more often? Lean Six Sigma is at work! Mistake-proofing,…

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Vilfredo Pareto: Grand-Daddy Of Quality

Vilfredo Pareto: Grand-Daddy of Quality

What’s the secret Quality connection between Italy and Japan? The Pareto Chart! Signore Pareto provided the visual for his 80/20 rule and Dr. Ishikawa included it in his 7 Basic Quality Tools. Voila! (that’s French) An international pairing was born to help pave the problem solving path. Vilfredo Pareto was…

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Philip Crosby: Grand-Daddy Of Quality

Philip Crosby: Grand-Daddy of Quality

Who said “Quality is free - but it’s not a gift"? Who was the first non-doctor to create a vaccine? Who maintained that zero defects was the job of management as much as the front line. Philip Crosby! He said it was less expensive to do it right the first…

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UTC Aerostructures Jets Through Production Time

UTC Aerostructures Jets Through Production Time

At UTC Aerostructures, a manufacturer of nacelle components for jet engines, everyone has a one-track mind towards continuous improvement. Every employee uses very detailed standard work to eliminate waste and speed up cycle time. Takt time clocks are utilized throughout the facility, breaking down an 8-hour workday (or 25,200 seconds)…

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