Six Sigma – Lean Manufacturing

Midlake Products practices and continues to embrace the philosophy of Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing. It is paying off for our current customers and has contributed to the general business trend of on-shoring.

Six Sigma is a business management process which seeks to improve the quality of process outputs by identifying and removing the causes of defects (errors) and minimizing variability in manufacturing. It uses a set of quality management methods and tools, including statistical methods, and creates a special infrastructure of people within the organization (“Black Belts”, “Green Belts”, etc.) who are experts in these methods. Each Six Sigma project carried out within an organization follows a defined sequence of steps and has quantified financial targets (cost reduction or profit increase).

Lean manufacturing, or simply “Lean,” is a production practice that considers the expenditure of resources for any goal other than the creation of value for the end customer to be wasteful, and thus a target for elimination. Working from the perspective of the customer who consumes a product or service, “value” is defined as any action or process that a customer would be willing to pay for.

Mike Huntsman at an Inspection Station

Some of the benefits of these practices includes:

- Dramatic Improvements in Quality, Productivity and Service.

- Improved Customer Satisfaction.

- Superior Competitive Position.

- Reduction in Variation.

- Improved Reliability.

We have two certified Six Sigma Black Belts on staff, Richard Mayle and Michael Huntsman. They lead Midlake’s efforts in both practical application and employee education and involvement. The journey to improved processes, reduced variability, lower costs, and reduced cycle times is never ending!