Six Sigma and Lean are major focuses of businesses everywhere, particularly those in the manufacturing industry. The BoxMaker spends much time and focus implementing these practices, for the benefit of our own business as well as that of our clients. Recently, Sales Representative Jeff Klink of our Seattle branch received his certification as a 6S Green Belt. We sat down with Jeff to learn more about what this means for him and the clients he works with:
What is a 6S Green Belt?
Six Sigma Green Belts are individuals who spend part of their time working on process improvement teams analyzing and solving quality problems. They participate in Six Sigma Lean and other process improvement efforts. They should have 3 years of pertinent work experience and have participated in, but not led, projects in the past. They work in support or under the supervision of Six Sigma Black Belts.
What kind of preparation and training did you go through to earn your belt?
I enrolled in the Everett Community College Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate program and passed the American Society of Quality Six Sigma Green Belt test.
Why did you decide to pursue Green Belt certification?
In today’s business environment competition is more intense than ever. The process improvement tools you learn with Green Belt training can directly translate into bottom line savings. In the past, Six Sigma certifications were “nice to haves,” but today are becoming “must haves.”
How will your certification impact clients of The BoxMaker?
Our clients can benefit from working with Six Sigma practitioners in numerous ways. In addition to the usual quality benefits, clients can realize gains in increased throughput, elimination of waste, inventory turns, and on-time delivery. I am excited to work with my customers on 6S, visual factory, flow, Kan Ban and waste elimination projects.
How does 6S impact packaging, and why should clients seek to work with a packaging company that practices lean principles?
Clients can benefit from working with a packaging company that uses lean principles in many ways. Their sales professional can act as a consultant to help the client improve their own internal processes. Lean and Six Sigma use the client’s needs as the initial starting point or end goal of any business effort. Internally, implementation of 6S and lean into our own manufacturing and distribution processes leads to higher quality and improved lead time, which also benefits our clients.
What’s next for you in your 6S journey?
I look forward to delivering a greater toolbox of solutions to my clients to help improve their businesses, and I am open to pursuing Black Belt certification in the future.
Thank you, Jeff for sharing your journey with us and explaining how working with a Six Sigma certified Green Belt can enhance the business practices of our clients, as well as the products we deliver to them. We look forward to more updates on your success!
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