Operational Excellence

At SWM, one of our Guiding Principles is to "commit to continuous improvement." In fact, that statement is more than a shared value. It is a fundamental operating principle that permeates our entire organization.


Our commitment to continuous improvement is perhaps most evident in our manufacturing facilities. The foundation of our continuous improvement process is Lean Six Sigma. Across our global enterprise, our standardized approach to processes and our high standards for quality ensure no matter where a product is produced, it will carry the SWM promise of quality and performance, every time.


Key aspects of our Operational Excellence program include the following, which are often incorporated across all aspects of our business not just manufacturing:


  • Lean Six Sigma efforts, including Kaizen events
  • Enterprise-wide continuous improvement efforts through our 5S program
  • Overall Equipment Effectiveness as a key metric for manufacturing
  • Benchmarking and sharing of best practices is a cornerstone 



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