Digital Six Sigma Trainee Program


Individual Improvement Projects for Companies with Future Graduates of the RWTH Aachen University

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The constant analysis and improvement of business processes is an important factor in increasing the competitiveness of manufacturing companies. For this reason, experts from the Chair of Production Me-trology and Quality Management at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University, together with PRS Technologie Gesellschaft, are once again offering the Six Sigma Trainee Program for companies and students in 2021.

Digitalization makes it possible to implement profitable improvement projects despite the difficult situation due to the global corona pandemic. Last year, the students accompanied several Six Sigma projects exclusively digitally as part of the trainee program - from kick-off to project processing and factory tour to the final presentation. The results promise success: By implementing all proposed measures, a case study company, which was characterized by a high inspection effort due to static inspections, was able to save more than four hours of inspection time per day. This corresponds to a cost reduction of more than 40,000 euros per year.

In another project, long lead times from order entry to confirmed delivery date were the crux of the company's problem. By identifying and eliminating idle time and duplicate processing, the company was able to reduce non-value-added activities in lead time by 17 percent and shorten the total lead time until the delivery date was confirmed to the customer by eleven percent.

Six Sigma is a standardized methodology for carrying out projects to improve processes in all areas of the company. Using a systematic approach, complex improvement projects are carried out using familiar methods from quality management. The experts of the WZL utilize their comprehensive Six Sigma knowledge and develop practical and cost-effective recommendations for specific problems of individual companies together with prospective graduates of RWTH Aachen University.

An enriching cooperation for both sides: RWTH Aachen University Master students with Six Sigma Yellow Belt qualifications can apply online during the application phase for a place in the trainee program, receive training in the Six Sigma Green Belt program and gain concrete consulting experience during their studies. Companies benefit from the definition of their improvement project but are also accompanied by experienced employees and project engineers from the department of quality management during project implementation, which guarantees comprehensive support and in-depth teaching of quality management methods in the company.

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