Since its development in 1986 by Motorola and by Motorola's commitment to Six Sigma production (99.99966% of the products manufactured are statistically expected to be free of defects), "Six Sigma" has become synonymous with "quality." Further, because of General Electric's adoption of Six Sigma methods and processes in 1995, Yellow Belt, Green Belt, and Black Belt-certified Six Sigma engineers have guaranteed a development organization can offer the highest quality service and production.
Additionally, since its introduction in the early 1990's, the industrial world has come to embrace the Toyota Production System and its incarnation as Lean methodologies, which focuses on getting the right things/people to the right place at the right time in the right quantity to achieve perfect work flow, while minimizing waste and being flexible and able to change. Today, Lean Six Sigma (LSS) methods and processes permeate Geocent's culture.
Our LSS-trained and IASSC-certified engineers bring a vital perspective and set of tools to our development and production teams. Though we find that a formal implementation of LSS principles in production is rare, many of our customers use LSS events (Kaizens and 5S) to review and update the procedures and processes used by personnel. As more than one Geocent engineer would report, "It does not mean that our customers are not using it, just that the more obvious terminology that goes along with LSS is not being used. Our personnel use LSS tools all the time. The training has changed our way of thinking."