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Six Sigma & CNC Nesting

What is the definition of Six Sigma?

Six Sigma is a fact-based, data-driven philosophy of quality improvement that values defect prevention over defect detection. It drives customer satisfaction and bottom-line results by reducing variation and waste, thereby promoting a competitive advantage. It applies anywhere variation and waste exist, and every employee should be involved.1

In general terms, Six Sigma quality performance means no more than 3.4 defects per million opportunities.

Several different definitions have been proposed for Six Sigma, but they all share some common themes:

  • Use of teams that are assigned well-defined projects that have direct impact on the organization's bottom line.
  • Training in "statistical thinking" at all levels and providing key people with extensive training in advanced statistics and project management.
  • Emphasis on the DMAIC approach (define, measure, analyze, improve and control) to problem solving.
  • A management environment that supports these initiatives as a business strategy.

Optimation CNC Nesting and Six Sigma

Six Sigma concepts go hand-in-hand with Optimation automation and integration. Using Optimation technology and tools the manufacturer can more easily achieve the goals of a Six Sigma project.

With its focus on statistical analysis Six Sigma depends on detailed, accurate data from manufacturing to make informed conclusions. Optimation brings to the table a wealth of machine, material, part, and production data ready for analysis.

Equally, the DMAIC approach is only effective if and when the data for problem solving is available, reliable, and meaningful. Seasoned Optimation product users know they can access and trust our data for analysis.

Six Sigma professionals are seeking a direct impact on the bottom line by eliminating waste. Optimation creates an environment where this heightened attention can produce real cuts in material waste and programming time. The end result is greater margins, reduced costs and lower overhead.


Review additional definitions of other industry-specific terms amoung our Definitions Resources..

1American Society for Quality: asq.org/index.aspx



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