Lean Six Sigma & 5-S

Proven, Prescriptive and Powerful

The Viasystems Management Team is committed to providing the company with the best tools possible to succeed:

  • Training & Development of Staff on Every Level
  • Six Sigma
  • 5-S
  • Internationally Recognized Quality Management Systems and Environment (ISO 9001:2008, ISO / TS 16949, TL 9000, ISO 14001)

Training & Development of Staff on Every Level

  • Ongoing Six Sigma Training Deployment Targets:
  • Everyone Manager/Engineer Green Belt Certified including DMAIC Project
  • Everyone Assistant Manager/Assistant Engineer Green Belt Certified
  • All Six Sigma Team Members Yellow Belts

Six Sigma:
“You can’t inspect quality INTO your product – you must change your processes to build the quality in.”

Viasystems is integrating Six Sigma with general management by focusing on developing trained leaders--combining traditional classroom training with proven on-the-floor leadership. Each of our Champions, Green Belts and Black Belts have passed typical classroom requirements and they have led Six Sigma projects to successful conclusion.

Full-Time Six Sigma Resources: 

  • Project Leader
  • Black Belt Managers
  • Black Belt Leaders
  • Senior Black Belts
  • Certified Black Belts
  • Black Belt Candidates

Part-Time Six Sigma Resources (In Operating Departments):

  • >25 Certified Champions
  • >125 Certified Green Belts
  • Yellow Belts (team member training)
  • Black Belts (after two years full-time experience)

Just as we integrate Six Sigma with operations, our approach to Six Sigma integrates the usual statistical tools with process management and structured, logical problem solving. After beginning mid-2004, we have completed an assortment of hundreds of projects focused on improving our quality and speed as well as making us more cost competitive and a better place for our associates to work.

5-S: The Complete Tool Set for Manufacturing Efficiency Optimization

Viasystems has integrated the Japanese principle of 5-S with our Six Sigma program to provide the complete tool set for manufacturing efficiency optimization. 5-S is comprised of the activities below, which collectively translate to an orderly workplace, removing the waste (muda) associated with clutter and disorganization:

  • Sort (Seiri) - Separate the necessary things from the unnecessary and discard the unnecessary
  • Set in Order (Seiton) - Neatly arrange and identify things for ease of use
  • Shine (Seiso) - To always clean up; to maintain tidiness and cleanliness in your workplace
  • Standardize (Shitsuke) - To have workers make a habit of always conforming to rules
  • Sustain (Seiketsu) - To constantly maintain the 4S above