... "through the
rigorous pursuit of four big Company-wide initiatives
—Globalization, Services, Six Sigma Quality and Digitization —
we’ve changed not only where we work and what we sell, but how
we work, think and touch our customers. " ...
GE 2000 Annual Report (PDF).
... "Delivery and Quality
metrics improved even as we reduced inventories, product
programs and applications stayed on track and were funded, and
customer support functions were maintained even in the decline.
" ... Honeywell 2009 Annual Report (PDF).
Apply 6 Sigma Techniques
6 Sigma is a measure of defect-free work.
The Sigma level defines the failure rate in opportunities or
parts per million, DPMO. The Sigma defect rates are as
1 Sigma is 690,000 DPMO; 2 Sigma is 308,000
DPMO; 3 Sigma is 66,800 DPMO; 4 Sigma is 6,210 DPMO;
5 Sigma is 320 DPMO; and 6 Sigma is 3.4 DPMO;
Reaching Sigma level 6 is a multi-year journey for most
companies. For companies that have focused their efforts
on the Six Sigma journey, many have begun to integrate lean
techniques in their methodology. ... "And
at some of the companies we studied, leaders still label their
initiatives as Six Sigma or 6 Sigma even though, from our
perspective, they have moved beyond Six Sigma’s original
definition and scope by incorporating Lean features as well. "
... Driving operational innovation using Lean Six Sigma,
In many enterprises, lean principles and 6 Sigma methods are
being integrated for driving business success. ...
"Company leaders expected 6 Sigma to improve the quality of
products and services, increase manufacturing efficiencies,
identify growth opportunities and improve processes. " ...
Pursuit of Excellence at Caterpillar (Link).
A number of companies are branding their continuous improvement
efforts under a foundation of "production system".
Turbotec follows the doctrines of 6 Sigma based on the
foundation of the Caterpillar production system, or CPS (PDF).
... "We are in the ninth
year of Six Sigma at GE, and it has become a permanent
initiative—Six Sigma is the way we work. During the last year we
completed more than 50,000 projects, focused primarily in three
areas: working with our customers on their issues; improving our
internal processes to improve our customer interfaces and
generate cash; and improving the flow of high-technology
products and services to the marketplace. " ...
GE 2002 Annual Report (PDF).
... "Why this facility?
Because it has had an outstanding record of success in doing
this same kind of work in several military programs. And it also
has become a shining example within Boeing of a site that has
achieved extraordinary gains in productivity and quality through
the application of Lean principles, one of our four enterprise
initiatives aimed at accelerating growth and productivity
through the replication and sharing of best ideas and practices.
" ... Boeing 2008 Annual Report (PDF).