Lean Six Sigma
Partnering with ProMed means partnering with a company devoted to continuous improvement through LEAN and Six Sigma methodologies. ProMed monitors product and process performance during the development and production phases of manufacturing by incorporating Six Sigma quality management principles using the DMAIC process to drive continuous improvement.
ProMed Molded Products has been on its Lean journey for over six years, centering on the simple concept that every employee is empowered to make a difference. Our manufacturing group is made up of several small teams which operate as self-managed business units. These teams are responsible for meeting quality, delivery, and cost goals. Each team member has been given authority, even to the extent that he/she can stop a production line if needed. This team culture has given ProMed the flexibility to grow rapidly without adding unnecessary layers of management.
To assure our success, ProMed has hired and trained certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belts. We have also established an extensive library of reading material and ProMed specific lessons that are made available to all of its employees. This collection of materials is what we call “ProMed University”.
Additionally, we have a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification program which trains on Lean principles and the DMAIC thought process. We explore the tools used within DMAIC and provide a solid foundation of statistical concepts and project management.
Even with a top down commitment, and both the education and statistical tools in place; the entire workforce must be engaged in order to maximize success. At ProMed, we are drawing people in through a Lean game. The entire organization participates from manufacturing to the owner. Teams are created and tasked with making the company better in some small way; with the thought that collectively, all of the small things will have a large impact on the overall success of the organization. An idea is called a Continuous Improvement (CI) and each month, the team having the most CI’s implemented receives a small prize and trophy to display at their work stations for the month. We have found that the various teams enjoy the competition that goes along with the game concept, but we are mainly driven by the idea that we all have an impact on ProMed’s future success.
The core idea is to maximize customer value while minimizing waste. From manufacturing teams to the ProMed’s president, we drive improvement from every aspect of the organization. The game has fostered a re-energized work force that demonstrates ProMed’s commitment to its customers, its employees and to the industry. With employee involvement comes improvement opportunities that are addressed at the source.
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