On my way driving to Lomira, for our program meeting with Quad/Graphics (on March 10), the temperature was 51°……… Spring is finally in the air! The snow is receding fast and I’m just waiting to see my first robin of the year!
Anyway, with that being said, our program meeting with Quad/Graphics was very informative. There were two individuals presenting, Chris Olson & Chris Konen, the “Chris Team”. They broke their presentation into two main areas of focus: an overview of Quad/Graphics and their Six Sigma (LSS) Project.
First the overview; the thing that stuck out to me was the way they accommodated their employees. The company grounds has a sun-filled atrium area to eat lunch, an on-site doctor’s clinic, a dentist, a volleyball court w/ sand, fishing ponds, workout facilities and the list goes on!
Secondly, the Six Sigma Project that they presented was such a success, that even some of the press operators were impressed. Problem areas were identified, then defined, measured or analyzed, and new recommendations were implemented. One thing that I noticed was that they did use the DMAIC approach, but instead of Control for the “C”, they had monitor! To me that communicated their emphasis on “sustaining” positive outcomes.
Next month, we will be having an opportunity to sit in on a presentation from the Wisconsin Forward program. For May, we will have a tour of the Waupaca Foundry, which is a joint venture with the Central Wisconsin Section 1218 in Wausau, so please stay tuned to our website (www.asqsection1206.org) for further details.
Furthermore, if your company would be interested in hosting a tour and/or sharing some of your best practices in manufacturing and quality, please contact anyone of our board members.
I’m looking forward to our April’s joint program meeting with ASQ Section 1218 & I hope to see you there!
Winnebago Section # 1206 Chair