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In the previous article, we commented about the basics of Lean-Sigma methodology and its relationship with the experimental scientific method, such as concepts for optimization of pharmaceutical manufacturing processes. Today, we will discuss about a case study of optimization of a pharmaceutical manufacturing process using DMAIC. Today’s case study consisted of optimization of a wet […] Read the full article →

Let’s start by defining quality in simple terms and with approach of continuous improvement. Quality is providing our customers the product/service they expect (i.e., meeting customer´s expectations). In this sense, then, continuous improvement is delivering our customers a better product than they are waiting (exceeding customer expectations). Pharmaceutical is one of the most supervised and […] Read the full article →

In manufacturing and service businesses alike, your ultimate goal is to improve the bottom line and the easiest way to achieve this aim is through cost reduction. Seeking out and eliminating low hanging fruit should be the first step in this effort. Unfortunately most businesses attempt this through reductions in the workforce since human capital […] Read the full article →

Without excellent processes of executive and operational management, it is impossible to implement the strategy no matter how visionary the organization may be. On the other hand, without the vision and guidance of the strategy, operational excellence is not enough to achieve success. Based on the Execution Premium methodology of Kaplan and Norton, a comprehensive […] Read the full article →

Introducing, then engaging, a workforce to lean six sigma is never an easy consideration. In the beginning acronyms such as DMAIC, CI, COQ, COPQ and foreign words like muda and kaizen can cause any attempts at implementing the methodology to be rebuffed. Hardline LSS leaders must soften the tone and find ways to create buy-in […] Read the full article →

Building a culture of continuous improvement requires an establishment of fundamental knowledge among those in the quality control department. Speaking intelligently on the subject assumes your team knows the main players credited with founding Lean and Six Sigma methodologies. Looking into the midst of antiquity there were many notable contributors that should be mentioned with […] Read the full article →

Cost of Poor Quality is a collection of operational losses that is associated with the provision of poor quality products or services. In some instances, the customer will either outright reject the product, leaving the organization to either scrap or rework the product, or will accept the product at a reduced price. Regardless of the […] Read the full article →

Lean Methodology One of the methods put into place by Toyota Manufacturing in Japan many years ago, is called Heijunka. This is a Japanese word meaning ‘leveling’. The Toyota Production System is the basis for Lean Manufacturing, which focuses on increasing efficiency and reducing waste in manufacturing. Heijunka is used to smooth out unpredictable customer […] Read the full article →

This article aims to dissect and facilitate the analysis of the five core lean principles. The principles that will be focused on, were originated by the Lean Principles Institute. Organizations aim to continuously improve, and the lean mindset is something that tends to be adopted as employees enter a workforce, and not something that is […] Read the full article →

Image 1: Project Management Phases Project Management activities are a finite set of activities dedicated to a particular outcome. The project management process consists of five main sequential activities which are adopted at the differing phases of project activities. This article aims to dissect the stages of project management, into manageable digestible concepts, to help […] Read the full article →

Continuous Improvement Activities are a subset of Operational Excellence Activities, which enable an organization to optimize its operations and become a better supplier to its customers. In any organization, there is a drive to be the best there is, because other similar entities are after the same target. Providing the highest value for the lowest […] Read the full article →

Operational Excellence involves those key strategic activities that will facilitate consistent product or service quality delivery to an organization’s desired customer base. With single organizations not being the only suppliers to customers, it is in their best interest to ensure that they are delivering their product or service with a high standard. In order to […] Read the full article →