Six Sigma + IOE: Extreme Quality Assurance Is On the Horizon
Six Sigma has been a go-to management tool for manufacturers since Motorola developed it in the mid-1980s — and popularized later on by Jack Welch at General Electric. The methodology, which seeks to streamline manufacturing efficiency and minimize variability. As the IOE enmeshes itself into manufacturing processes and devices, though, and pieces of assembly-line equipment begin talking to each other, will that force companies to rethink their approach to quality assurance?
Experts suggest that given the history and success of Six Sigma, there’s little chance of it going away, and it’s likely that the approach could evolve as the data collected from IOE-connected devices offers a new level of granularity on products — including, in some cases, products that have left the plant.