For more than a decade, Raytheon has focused on making Six Sigma (R6σ) part of its DNA. Consequently, this mindset has been a key enabler in driving change across Raytheon, resulting in efficiencies and cost savings for our customers.
R6σ tailors the Six Sigma manufacturing philosophy to operations and maintenance (O&M) programs, which has been effective in eliminating waste and identifying opportunities for improving system performance. Systems operations, maintenance and sustainment form the keystone of every critical mission and therefore, Raytheon is committed to leveraging innovative approaches, proven tools and technologies to optimize limited resources, achieve operational improvements and help our customers achieve mission success.
“R6σ is embedded within the fabric of our business and is the primary vehicle for increasing productivity and driving change,” says Ron Stefano, vice president of Raytheon’s Mission Operations Solutions business.
“We have an affinity for leveraging our lessons learned and sharing best practices across the company to help our customers.”
Proven Best Practices for O&M Efficiencies
Raytheon, in collaboration with our customers, identifies and implements improvement opportunities centered on cost benefits, system performance and process improvement. We provide value to our customers through use of our trademarked PWER™ process framework, which is an integrated suite of low risk structured and repeatable processes; matured through reuse and best practices from successful program applications.
“Our PWER™ process framework allows customers to leverage best practices that have been captured across many different programs”, says Thad Gibson, solutions architect for Raytheon’s Mission Operations Solutions (MOS) business.
Addressing the entire life cycle of a program, a healthy pipeline of prioritized R6σ projects is needed to ensure continuous performance advancements at all levels of the program. Projects are assessed, prioritized and selected with program performance, cost savings and re-investment goals in mind.
“Selecting the right efficiency initiative is the key to achieving initial real cost savings and the key to identifying and implementing additional opportunities during the various phases of a program,” says Bill Harris, capture manager at Raytheon’s Intelligence and Information Systems business.
Striving to provide the best value for the money, Raytheon continuously works with its customers to save cost through innovation. “Recently, our team implemented an Enterprise System Access and Equipment Status and Control capability to increase automation, decreasing the number of personnel required to run the system,” says Harris.
The solution provides centralized, remote control capabilities and maintenance support, making it possible for operational users to manage multiple sites from a single location, which translates to significant cost savings by reducing overhead by a total of 50 percent.
While cost benefits are important, especially in today’s budget restrained environment, protecting mission data and enabling mission assurance remains the dominant focus.
“In order to have Mission Assurance,” said Bill Jones, vice president of Raytheon’s Defense and Civil Mission Solutions, “you need the tools, processes, and capabilities to enable efficiency improvements.”