Six Sigma

Six Sigma

Solving the root causes

Complex process problems often require in-depth and skillful data analysis in order to provide high quality solutions. Six Sigma offers a structured toolset to measure and collect data, quantify process performance and eliminate root-causes of defects.

Some of the questions that Six Sigma answers are:

  • How can we make sure that we always produce on time, in-spec and are always compliant?
  • Are we really sure that processes are always performing the way we think they are? How much can we trust our gut feeling? How much can we trust our measurement systems?
  • How can we find the best solutions by performing as few experiments as possible?

How ifss can help

At ifss our process excellence experts have decades of experience improving processes with Six Sigma. We go in depth in order to solve some of the most complicated process-excellence issues.

Some areas where we support our clients with Six Sigma are:

The DMAIC cycle (an acronym for the 5 project phases Define / Measure / Analyze / Improve / Control) contains the most relevant Six Sigma tools. ifss has developed a customized DMAIC cycle with 15 steps, giving project teams the freedom to choose exactly what tools to apply. DMAIC is the right toolset for completing broader improvement projects that require data analysis for the root-cause elimination. DMAIC can also be enhanced with Lean tools (Lean Six Sigma approach).

For specific problems, some clients prefer applying a specific tool instead of completing an entire DMAIC project. We achieve specific short-focus improvements with methods such as Design of Experiments (DOE), Measurement System Analysis (MSA), Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), among others.

Process excellence sometimes means creating new processes/products from scratch. By executing focused on Design for Six Sigma (DfSS) we set up and launch new processes/products performing on a Six Sigma standard – “plug and play”. Please also see Lean Innovation.