Knowles Precision Devices and Lean Six Sigma
“Lean Six Sigma training provided me with a great foundation of ways to improve processes in my current company. Also, has provided me a controlled way to think about problems rather than jumping in.”
– Nick Richter, TDO Certified Black Belt
The results were significant especially regarding variation reduction, yield improvement and capacity gains.
- Three departments improved yield by greater than 20%
- One department learned so much about their process they were able to increase capacity by 10 times while doing so
Knowles chose to apply Lean Six Sigma to primarily address bottleneck processes that were preventing them from growing fast enough to meet the demand driven by the adoption of 5G technology. Projects were undertaken by 14 Green Belts and 2 Black Belts in several manufacturing processes as well as some front-end office systems.
Skills and tools including, process mapping, root cause analysis, hypothesis testing and DOE (design of experiments) were applied in projects which were reviewed on a regular basis in “tollgate” meetings.
Knowles Precision Devices designs and manufactures Capacitors, RF Filters, EMI Filters, Resonators, non-magnetic components and advanced dielectric materials for use in military, aerospace/avionics, medical equipment, implantable devices, EMI and connector filtering, oil exploration, instrumentation, industrial electronics, automotive, telecoms and data networking applications.