Integrating Lean, Six Sigma & TOC: iTLS

Posted by: meikah | 12 April 2010 | 8:20 pm

The challenge of corporations these days is to improve their efficiencies and profitability. Thus, they look for a quality management strategy to achieve this goal. In the process, these corporations integrate a methodology or two and implement a combination.

This is the case with integrating Lean, Six Sigma, and TOC. An article on IndustryWeek online discusses the results of a case study of integrating the three. Called the iTLS, the approach successfully synchronized production with the available capacity levels while providing process stability. The case study also cites companies that use iTLS.

iTLS integrates, synchronizes and harmonizes the three powerful ingredients (Lean, Six Sigma and TOC):

  • Focus on the few yet critical elements that limit the global performance of the organization by applying Theory of Constraint tools
  • Eliminates waste in the form of “hidden factories” with application of Lean tools
  • Reduces undesirable variability to ensure process stability with Six Sigma tools

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Filed under: Lean, Six Sigma, TOC

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