Lean Six Sigma

Eliminating waste in organizations is a fundamental component for obtaining operational excellence. Yet for many organizations, the process of learning, understanding, and then applying the fundamental principles of Lean remain elusive.

Six Sigma is a customer-driven approach that provides an overall framework of quality improvement. The methodology follows a disciplined problem solving approach.

Six Sigma and Lean are both approaches to improving the processes that make your organization successful. The two are synergistic and have some common aspects.  Lean gets at a top layer of waste and inefficiency and Six Sigma gets at deeper issues related to variation and hidden waste.  They can keep your company from falling behind in this globally competitive environment. Let Advanced Quality Engineering assist your company with these widely accepted methodologies for improving your business. Please call 612-860-0613 or email for detailed descriptions of our Six Sigma and Lean programs.

Six Sigma

Six Sigma is a customer-driven approach that provides an overall framework of quality improvement. The methodology follows a disciplined problem solving approach.

The goal of a Six Sigma program is to improve customer satisfaction through reduction and elimination of nonconformities.  It is achieved, not through increased inspection activities which only add cost, but through breakthrough process improvement and the reduction in variation.

The results are increased customer satisfaction, product and service reliability, and improved company financial performance.

AQE training has been benchmarked against many other providers of Six Sigma training and is closest to GE and the Air Academy Assoc. Numerous worksheets and activities are used in our executive and manager training such as the deployment checklist, flowchart and strategies worksheets to ensure successful planning and deployment of Six Sigma.

To ensure a solid connection between projects and the goals of the business, we have developed a Business Unit Scorecard and a Project Assessment Matrix. These are used in the executive and middle management training to ensure payback from the initiative.

The principles and methods taught in this training apply to manufacturing companies and service organizations equally. We have training designed, fully tested and delivered for all levels of an organization, from executives to hourly workers. Since 2001, we have trained hundreds of persons in Six Sigma. Check our references! Our instructors are all industry practitioners and the best in their field.
Training programs available in Six Sigma:
    • Executive Level       One Day
    • Management Level   Two Days
    • Champion Training    Six Days
    • Black Belt Training   Nineteen Days
    • Green Belt Training  Eight Days
    • Operations Level     available from Two hours to Two Days as needed

The results of Six Sigma can be outstanding if properly supported by management. The project completed by one of the participants in our Six Sigma Black Belt program saved $226,000 for the year and reduced their manufacturing order cycle time from 18.5 days to 4.5 days, with a cost avoidance of $456,000. Another of our trained Black Belts had annual savings of $4.6 M at the HMO where she worked.

Understanding and Applying the Principles of Lean Manufacturing

This workshop uses an interactive manufacturing simulation as a catalyst for changing deep-rooted beliefs, misunderstandings, and habits that create obstacles to improving organizational performance. This simulation is a hands-on learning experience that lets the participants practice making decisions about plant operations. The object of the simulation is to convert raw material into finished product that will satisfy customer needs and return a profit to the corporation. In this seminar you will learn and then immediately practice the following concepts:
  • One piece flow
  • Manufacturing cells
  • Visual controls
  • Push vs. pull systems
  • Vendor Supplier managed inventory
  • Product design simplification and design for manufacturability
  • Kanban
  • Work flow layout and design
  • Manufacturing metrics and performance measurement and management
  • Reduced costs
  • Greater yields
  • Reduced cycle times
  • Reduced costs downstream
  • Increased customer satisfaction

  Who should attend this training?
Executives, managers, supervisors, and manufacturing employees who are committed to learning and seeing the benefits of Lean Manufacturing.  Additionally, front and back-office employees who desire to grasp a fundamental knowledge of Lean Manufacturing are encouraged to attend.
  8 hours class time - 24-person class maximum

On completion of this training...

You will be able to put this practical skill to work immediately by:
  • Identifying ways to immediately reduce waste
  • Improve speed and reduce cycle
  • See the benefits of product simplification and standardization
  • See how to reduce inventory through practices that make sense
  • Identify opportunities for cross skill and multi-skill implementation
  • Driving employee involvement and participation in continuous improvement initiatives