Innovation of the Week: DSM’s Winning Strategy Through the Years

Posted by: meikah | 29 May 2009 | 12:26 am
sixsig innovation of the week
DSM has been in the business for over a century, yet it cotinues to diversify and grow.
Mr Sijbesma says, “Innovation, coming up with new products and launch concepts and business models is one of the main drivers of our strategy. The whole idea about our business education starts with our strategy … You need a lot of technical knowledge but you also need to change the company in terms of culture and behaviour.”
Filed under: General, Innovation, Innovation Update, Mining

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Farthing West Managing Six Sigma Mining Through SigmaFlow

Posted by: meikah | 2 September 2008 | 9:36 pm

Farthing West, a leading management consultancy group specializing in Lean Six Sigma, has just announced that they will be using SigmaFlow’s Best Practice Execution System(TM) software for Six Sigma mining.

With SigmaFlow software, mining businesses can train its people in practical business management applications, and enabling those trained to be able to execute projects for real business improvements right away.

Greg West, Managing Director of Farthing West, said:

“SigmaFlow allows just-in-time learning and automated knowledge sharing within a role-tailored workspace where people actually execute their projects. This software is a major productivity enhancement for our Lean Six Sigma projects that can consistently save our clients 30% of the time and resources needed to make improvements.”

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This software is worth checking out.

This move will be highlighted during the AIMEX 2007 – Asia Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition.

Filed under: Deployment, Lean Six Sigma, Mining, SigmaFlow, Six Sigma, Six Sigma Organizations


Six Sigma Improves Alarm Management at Monsanto’s Soda Springs, Id., Phosphorus Plant

Posted by: meikah | 19 February 2008 | 11:47 pm

six sigma at MonsantoMonsanto Soda Springs‘s plant in Soda Springs, Idaho, produces elemental phosphorus, or P4, most of which is sent to other Monsanto facilities to make PCL3, the primary ingredient for Roundup herbicide.

The process of manufacturing elemental phosphorus begins with mining the phosphate ore. Mining involves working with a furnace, the right temperature, thus it requires sophisticated controls. Monsanto was using Fishers’ PRoVOX distributed control system (DCS) in the early 1980s, and then DeltaV control system by 1996.

The control system was kept to a minimum because it was costly then. When digital control systems alarms became easy and cheap, Monsanto found itself overusing the system. It caused as many problems as it solved.

That was when Monsanto began turning to Six Sigma, with emphasis on alarm management. The alarm problems came down to too many alarms and alarming practices can cause incidents.

The company’s Six Sigma team used cause-and-effect fishbone diagram to investigate the possible causes of alarm problems. They applied the Six Sigma DMAIC system to the problem:

  1. Developed an alarm management philosophy and selected alarm metrics (the Define phase).
  2. Assessed the present alarm system (Measure/Analyze phases).
  3. Reduced the number of nuisance alarms (Analyze /Improve phases).
  4. Rationalized alarms by need and priority (Improve phase).
  5. Developed an alarm configuration database (Improve – Control phases).

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Filed under: Alarm Management, DFSS, Manufacturing, Mining, Monsanto Soda Springs, Six Sigma, Six Sigma Organizations

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2 Companies Enjoy Robust 3rd Quarter Results and Attribute it to Six Sigma

Posted by: meikah | 5 November 2007 | 12:54 am

This first week of November saw two companies reporting robust 3rd quarter results because of the continuing deployment of Lean Six Sigma. The two companies experienced both gains and losses, increases and decreases due to several factors, still they continue their Lean and Six Sigma efforts. Persistence and continuous are the keywords here.

First to report was Regal Beloit Corporation, a leading manufacturer of mechanical and electrical motion control and power generation products:

Income from operations was $53.4 million or 11.9% of sales, an increase over the $53.0 million or 12.7% of sales reported for the third quarter of 2006. Operating expenses included a pre-tax charge of $1.8 million resulting from settlement of the Enron legal matter. The acquired businesses contributed $0.9 million to income from operations.

Net income in the third quarter of 2007 was $31.2 million, a 5.0% increase from $29.7 million reported in the third quarter of 2006. Diluted earnings per share increased 3.4% to $0.92 as compared to $0.89 for the third quarter of 2006.

“We continue to believe that our Lean Six Sigma, Digitization, Globalization, Innovation and Customer Centricity initiatives will provide the foundation for continued profitable growth and our ability to continue to provide high levels of returns to shareholders,” said Henry W. Knueppel, Chairman and CEO.Read more…

Source: EarthTimes, an iSixSigma featured link

Next to report was Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., a world leader in iron ore and metallurgical coal mining company:

  • Consolidated Revenues Rise 7% to $620 Million, with Net Income of $57 Million, or $1.08 Per Diluted Share
  • Company Reaffirms 2007 Iron Ore Sales Outlook at 22 Million Tons in North America and Eight Million Tonnes in Asia-Pacific
  • PinnOak Resources Acquisition Provides Cliffs 4.5 Million Ton Metallurgical Coal Position in 2008

Joseph A. Carrabba, Cliffs’ chairman, president and chief executive officer said, “During the third quarter, we continued to control costs in North American Iron Ore extremely well. We are benefiting from our six sigma efforts as well as proactive maintenance programs performed at many of our mines during downtime in the first half of the year.”

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Source: BusinessWire, an iSixSigma featured link

Filed under: Benefits and Savings, Deployment, iSixSigma, Lean Six Sigma, Manufacturing, Mining, Six Sigma Organizations

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Lean and Six Sigma Conferences @

Posted by: meikah | 17 June 2007 | 6:07 pm has featured relevant Six Sigma conferences for you. Below are the ongoing and upcoming events on Lean and Six Sigma. Hope you can join in one of them.

Event Title

Event Date


3rd Annual Design for Six Sigma Conference Jun 20, 2007 -
Jun 21, 2007
The Congress Plaza, Chicago, Illinois United States
Lean and Six Sigma for Defense Jun 25, 2007 -
Jun 28, 2007
Hilton San Diego/Del Mar, San Diego, California United States
2nd Annual Middle East Six Sigma Jul 09, 2007 -
Jul 10, 2007
The Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
4th Lean Six Sigma For Pharmaceutical, Biotech, and Medical Device Excellence Jul 23, 2007 -
Jul 25, 2007
Los Angeles Marriott Downtown, Los Angeles, California United States
Lean Six Sigma Improvement Week US 2007 Sep 18, 2007 -
Sep 21, 2007
The Venetian 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South Las Vegas, Nebraska United States NV 89109
Six Sigma in Mining Oct 16, 2007 -
Oct 17, 2007
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
2nd Annual Global Six Sigma Summit Oct 23, 2007 -
Oct 26, 2007
Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada United States
The World Congress Leadership Summit on Driving Process Excellence Beyond Six Sigma in Healthcare Oct 25, 2007 -
Oct 26, 2007
Chicago United States
European Lean Six SIgma Summit Oct 31, 2007 -
Nov 01, 2007
Amsterdam Netherlands
8th Annual Lean Six Sigma for Healthcare Nov 07, 2007 -
Nov 08, 2007
Orlando, Florida United States
9th Annual Six Sigma Summit Jan 28, 2008 -
Jan 30, 2008
Disney’s Contemporary Resort, 4600 North World Drive Orlando, Florida United States 32830-1000

These conferences have lined up excellent programs for Six Sigma practitioners. Check them out!

Filed under: Defense, Events/Announcements, Healthcare, Lean Six Sigma, Mining, Pharmaceuticals

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