Vertellus Employees Receive Six Sigma Training
Indianapolis, IN - January 20, 2014 - Vertellus, a specialty chemicals company creating key ingredients used in nutrition, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, medical, personal care, plastics, coatings and many industrial markets, is investing in Six Sigma – by the end of 2014 the organization will have 25% of its salaried workforce trained. The company completed its second round of Six Sigma greenbelt/lean training in November 2013 at Vertellus’ corporate location in Indianapolis, IN.
Vertellus officials describe Six Sigma as a methodology to determine and understand where you are, where you want to be and a systemic approach to bridging the gap between the two. It’s often referred to as the DMAIC Process: Define Measure Analyze Improve Control. The training participants learned to make process improvements, eliminate waste, and find better ways to execute and perform respective roles in their functional areas.
The training serves as an enabler for Vertellus to realize significant savings through the Lean SixSigma effort, providing short-term payback and ongoing savings as processes are continuously improved – the company has already reaped the benefits from projects that emanated from theinitial rounds of training conducted in 2013.
Tara Toner, a Vertellus Lean Engineer, says while this training is essential for Vertellus, the results will also benefit our customers. “A variety of projects are being worked on, including variation reduction, cycle time improvement, yield improvements, flow of information, scheduling, waste, QA/QC, product specifications development, design of experiment studies, etc.. The outcomes of these efforts have the potential to translate to any number of products; benefits such as a greater consistency, higher purity, improved environmental profile, shorter lead times, lower costs, and in many cases greater throughput enabling Vertellus to increase its supply of products to the market.”
Purdue University Technical Assistance Program has provided on-site instruction, mentoring and Six Sigma project reviews, with members from multiple Vertellus locations including Seal Sands, United Kingdom; Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania; Zeeland, Michigan; Greensboro, North Carolina; and Indianapolis, Indiana. This team brought diverse cross-functional representation from operations, supply chain, product management, quality, R&D, information technology, regulatory management and finance.
Future training will continue to encompass employees at all levels of the organization, allowing for certifications at yellow belt, green belt, and black belt levels, expanding and positioning Vertellus’ Six Sigma team to deliver continual process improvement.