August 14, 2006

Applying Lean Manufacturing to Six Sigma

A few days ago, I came across a discussion forum, which emphasized on applying Lean Manufacturing to Six Sigma. Participants on that forum strongly argued in favor of this, which made me think over the issue deeply. I found that there are continuing questions about the relationship between Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma techniques. Now, companies believe in stretching the process applying Lean techniques.

Lean Manufacturing with Six Sigma solves the problems of deviation from the standards and ensures maintenance of the improved status using Six Sigma techniques. If the system and processes are poor, Six Sigma techniques should be applied to solve some of the problems. Industries that will largely benefit from applying Lean Manufacturing to Six Sigma belong to ITES, Banks, Insurance companies and Hospitals.

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