Two W.S. Tyler Team Members Earn Lean Six Sigma Black Belts

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Jeff Pope and Jared Lane Achieve Third-Tier Lean Six Sigma Certification

Particle analysis leader W.S. Tyler ( is pleased to announce that two of its team members have just earned the designation of Certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Jeff Pope, Product Manager for Engineered Products and Industrial Woven Wire, and Jared Lane, Product Engineer and ISO Coordinator, have achieved this third-tier classification by completing lean manufacturing training at Kent State University.

Six Sigma is a set of techniques and tools that revolve around process improvement. The certification process consists of three levels, Yellow Belt, Green Belt and Black Belt, as well as Master and Champion titles. The Lean Six Sigma methodology puts a complementary emphasis on the process flow and waste issues of lean manufacturing and on the variation and design focus of Six Sigma. The overarching goal of Lean Six Sigma is to promote business and operational excellence.

According to the International Association for Six Sigma Certification (IASSC), a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt is “a professional who is well versed in the Lean Six Sigma Methodology, (and) who leads improvement projects, typically in a full-time role. A Lean Six Sigma Black Belt possesses a thorough understanding of all aspects within the phases of D-M-A-I-C. They understand how to perform and interpret Six Sigma tools and how to use standard principles of Lean.”

That D-M-A-I-C acronym of which the association speaks stands for Define – Measure – Analyze – Improve – Control. In sum, it is a project methodology that is aimed at improving an existing business process.

“Their new Black Belt certificates will allow Pope and Lane to streamline processes and improve the quality throughout our organization,” explains W.S. Tyler’s spokesperson. “As Lean Six Sigma Black Belts, they will be primarily charged with project execution and special leadership on special tasks. As we continue to improve our Lean Six Sigma efforts with these types of certifications, our resources are freed up to devote to more important endeavors like our clients.”

About W.S. Tyler
W.S. Tyler, a member of the HAVER & BOECKER Group, began producing woven wire cloth in Hohenlimburg, Germany in 1887. Today, the business is one of the world’s leading wire weaving and particle analysis companies with a global network of branches and manufacturing facilities. A combination of tradition and innovation allows W.S. Tyler to meet and exceed the high expectations of its customers. Collectively the large number of creative partnerships with internationally renowned partners, patents, and registered designs and trademarks provide firsthand proof of the extraordinary quality of W.S. Tyler’s products.

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