Following that, improvements must be made. The company will need to brainstorm ways to ensure that the problems that have been identified are addressed.
Once methods for improving the process have been identified, the next step is to control the process. The measures that were developed earlier in the process are used during this step to monitor the impacts of the improvements that have been made. If the improvements prove successful, then the next step is to standardize them. Hartmann has four different facilities and each should operate the same way, using the same measures and controls, in order to achieve company-wide standardization. The improvements are then integrated into the polymer production process across the entire organization.
Further to the integration process will be to adopt these new methodologies even during the process of developing new polymer creation techniques.
As technologies evolve, the solutions that have been developed should be adapted to those new technologies, to ensure that the company remains consistent over time and through multiple process improvements.
Hartmann realizes the need for continual improvement of its polymer development process, as its polymers are one of its core competencies. That the company utilizes four different facilities in its production necessitates the need for company-wide process standardization, even through the improvement process. The Six Sigma implementation technique is consistent with Hartmanns current operations and will allow the company to continue to improve its processes even through the inevitable periods of technological innovation in the industry.
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