PORON® Cushioning Engineer Advises How to Avoid Process Excellence Overload
Over the years I have worked for multiple companies in different industries. As Technical Service Engineer – PORON Materials, it is part of my job to refine a process and make it more efficient. Many companies will adopt as many problems solving disciplines, and process excellence tools as possible in a short time frame and attempt to use them for every possible project.
Lean, Six Sigma, PSD, Shainin, Just-in-time, 5S, are just a few programs are out there to help streamline a process and reduce waste. However just because these tools and programs are available, it does not mean they should all be adopted by everyone! Many of these programs have overlapping concepts and tools that can be used anywhere in an organization.
For instance, on a defect reduction project, I used tools similar to Shainin,which focus on making decisions based on fact to isolate the root cause of the problem. I later used Six Sigma statistical methods to help determine if the corrective action to the problem created a capable solution. The Shainin approach was used to solve and isolate the problem, whereas the Six Sigma approach was used to measure and analyze the solution to verify it was capable of meeting our needs.
To help you avoid process excellence overload on your next project, I recommend the following tips:
1. Embrace the tools that you are familiar with, and use them where you are comfortable.
2. Ask for guidance if you do not know how to approach a problem. Your process excellence team will be able to help.
3. Practice the tools you learn from the different methodologies and teach others. If you find that a specific tool works for you, then use it!
Are there any problem solving or process excellence tools you recommend? We’d love to hear about them!