Insights: Articles by TMAC TEEX


Insights is a collection of discussions on key issues for U.S. manufacturers and serves as a resource for manufacturers, industry experts and the public to discuss key manufacturing topics. There are articles for those looking to dive into new strategies emerging in manufacturing as well as useful information on tools and opportunities for manufacturers.


Is Six Sigma Dead?

Is Six Sigma Dead?

This was the title to an article published in the October 2011 edition of Quality Progress. Since then, there have been other articles asking, “Is Six Sigma Worth it?” “...Is it a Fad?” “...Is it Still Relevant?” Over the past 10+ years, articles have been proclaiming the end is near for Six Sigma. But, before the eulogy starts, let's explore exactly what Six Sigma is. When I ask business leaders what Six Sigma means to them, the following are some of the...

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4 Key Initiatives Every Operations Leader Should Actively Pursue Now

Frequently I will hear an operations leader say, “We will lean out our operations when things slow down.” Well, for some of you, things have slowed down, so now is the time to ensure that when the market picks up, your organization can respond quickly. Focus your attention on the right initiatives: developing your team, purposefully executing and organizing your operations, and managing your inventory. Use this list as an aid to map out your action plan for driving meaningful...

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4 Reasons Why Kaizen Events Don’t Benefit Your Lean Efforts

A lean training simulation followed by value stream analysis which culminates in some kaizen events has been the traditional implementation model for lean. Industry Week reported in a recent survey that 98% of all companies that have attempted lean did not experience the expected benefits. Toyota has been hiding the reason for these failures in plain sight for over 60 years and only within the past few has part of the enigma been lifted.

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Transitioning into ISO 9001: 2015

Transitioning into ISO 9001: 2015

On September 15, 2015, the newest revision of ISO 9001 was released. I’m sure you’ve heard that less documentation is required and risk analysis has replaced the requirement for preventive action. All true, but neither are drivers for making the transition anytime soon. The reason to make the transition may have more relevance if you take your next complete system certification into consideration. Every organization registered to this standard must receive surveillance audits to maintain certification. Every three years, however,...

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