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Lean Six Sigma is a process for continuous improvement that combines two proven methodologies for improving productivity and quality.

Lean is a way of thinking and a collection of techniques for reducing the time needed to provide products or services.

Six Sigma is a collection of techniques for improving the quality of products and services, substantially contributing to increased customer satisfaction.

Lean has a broad focus on eliminating waste from manufacturing and service processes.

The 7 Wastes are:

  • Transportation
  • Inventory
  • Motion
  • Waiting
  • Over-processing
  • Overproduction
  • Defects

It’s vital to consider an 8th Waste: Your people!

You have talent, experience and knowledge; human capital within your organisation and it’s vital that you leverage this in your improvement efforts.

Engaging your staff and strong leadership is critical to any successful Lean implementation, you can’t do much without your people on board and we work with you and your staff  to ensure buy-in to the Lean Six Sigma approach.

Free Flow Partners Tauranga | Management Consultants | Lean Six Sigma
Free Flow Partners Tauranga | Lean Production Consultants | Quality Improvement Consultants

We have over 20 years productivity and process improvement experience gained using the PDCA (Plan, Do Check, Act) and DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve, Control) methodologies across a variety of key industry sectors:

  • Food manufacturing
  • Engineering and fabrication
  • Electronics manufacturing
  • Furniture manufacturing
  • Technical services and project management

We can help your organisation implement:

  • Lean 5s.
  • Poke Yoke (Mistake Proofing).
  • SMED (Single Minute Exchange of Dies / Quick Changeover Procedures).
  • Single Piece Flow.
  • Line Load Balancing.
  • Kanban / Replenishment Systems for Inventory Management.
  • Visual Management of Workflows.
  • Value Stream Mapping / Identifying and reducing  waste.
  • Kaizen Blitz Projects.
  • SPC – Statistical Process Control.
  • Process Design and Process Engineering.
  • Problem solving: 5 Whys / Root Cause Analysis / Fishbone / FMEA: Failure mode effect analysis.

We can assist you with:

  • Project selection.
  • Project development.
  • Project implementation.
  • Project management and reporting.
  • Establishing a process of ongoing improvement (POOGI).
  • Training, mentoring and coaching to ensure that you apply the correct tools in the correct sequence to maximize bottom line results.

We offer a complimentary Lean Scoping Consultation and can give you feedback on:

  • Reducing and eliminating waste.
  • Reducing and controlling process variation.
  • Standardizing how things are done to produce stable results.
  • Improving on time delivery performance.
  • Developing a culture of continuous improvement.