SMTA International Conference Proceedings


SIX SIGMA R&D AND THE SUPPLY CHAIN

Authors: Dr. William L. Olson and Dr. Jim Liu
Company: Motorola Labs
Date Published: 9/25/2005   Conference: SMTA International


Abstract: Our paper describes application of Six Sigma R&D in Motorola Labs to improve product performance and reduce cost for both Motorola and our Supply Chain. Through insightful mentorship of Green Belt and Black Belt students, Motorola Labs achieves significant reductions in cost of poor quality and improved product performance in new technology introductions. This paper provides details of an innovative program between Motorola University and Motorola Labs in Asia where a Mot Lab’s certified DSS trainer mentors Green Belt/Black Belt projects in the supply chain.

The program is a win-win since the supplier's six sigma training costs are more than offset by the cost savings that are generated for their company. Furthermore, Motorola businesses save money as well since through Mot Labs’ mentorship of these Green Belts/Black Belts, Motorola business units share in the cost savings that result. This innovative program has strengthened supply chain partnership and our Asia supplier’s commitment to Six Sigma R&D through its development of their people, improving organizational capabilities and its successful generation of positive bottom line financial results.

Key Words: Cost Reduction, COPQ, Six Sigma Black Belt project, Supply Chain Partnership,



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