The Lean Six Sigma (LSS) process is applied company wide at NewPage. We have adopted the key principles of eliminating variation that governs Six Sigma and combined them with the Lean aspects of reducing time and production cost. These efforts help us succeed in the increasingly demanding areas of:
- Customer satisfaction
- Higher quality
- Effective partnerships
- Improved profitability
Our strategic plan is to infuse the entire NewPage culture with LSS. This will enable all employees to train and work together more effectively, combining people and process skills to maximize performance. It will also encourage employees to advance their opportunities for success and position NewPage more competitively.
To date, our return on LSS is more than six times our investment. We have been recognized by iSixSigma magazine as one of the “Top Ten Places to Work” for the deployment of Lean Six Sigma.
What is Lean Six Sigma?
LSS is a quality improvement method that uses data to identify and eliminate process problems, and establish a new set of roles and procedures. It combines two important trends: making work better (Six Sigma) and making work faster (Lean principles).
Yellow Belt (8 Hours)
This one-day training is required for all salaried employees. Using basic problem solving, Yellow Belts investigate existing processes to reduce costs and improve customer satisfaction, processes and cycle time. This universal training helps make NewPage a better, safer, more satisfying place to work and grow.
Green Belt (80 Hours)
Green Belt training teaches the skills necessary to lead and contribute to an LSS team. After training, Green Belts lead and participate on projects. They also serve as local advocates for change and help establish LSS culture at NewPage.
Rapid Lean Six Sigma (20 Hours)
This process concentrates on a flexible approach to problem solving. Rapid LSS training guides leaders to measure the level and scope of change before committing resources to a project. After training, participants are prepared to lead Rapid Action Teams. They use targeted tools and specific skill sets to generate quick successes.
Brown and Black Belts
These higher levels train employees as experts in process investigation and improvement techniques.
Master Black Belt
At this top level, selected employees are considered experts in LSS method application.