HAMLET — Four FCC North Carolina Clutch Technology employees recently received national certification in industry savings through Richmond Community College.
RCC President Dr. Dale McInnis presented employees Bill Hawkins, Matt Smith, Wayne Smith and Mike Stewart their certificates during a brief ceremony at the plant.
“Very few people who start this program actually complete all the parts required to obtain a national certification,” McInnis said. “You should all be very proud of yourselves.”
The certification program, known as Six Sigma, is a set of techniques and tools for process improvement. It was developed by Motorola in 1986, and later became the central business strategy at General Electric in 1995. It is now used in many industrial sectors.
Six Sigma seeks to improve the quality of process outputs by identifying and removing the causes of defects (errors) and minimizing variability in manufacturing and business processes. In order to receive the national certification, the four FCC employees completed 64 hours of classroom training, as well as took on projects at the plant.
Stewart and Matt Smith worked on a joint project to reduce the consumption of plant air, while Wayne Smith’s project focused on reduction of inaccuracies of reports and scheduling. Hawkins developed a plan resulting in a 5-percent increase of parts produced per shift.