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Lean Six Sigma Process Consulting

Introduce Operational Excellence to Your Lab

Even with the industry's best facility and top-of-the-line supplies, an organization is only as good as its ability to utilize its resources to their fullest extent. An unrefined procurement cycle, lack of streamlined logistics, and unconsolidated management can lead to unnecessary costs and production delays, ultimately holding an organization back from running at its optimal potential.

Operational excellence and cost control is what enables leading companies to bring advancements in science to market faster. VWRCATALYST’s team of field-based, Lean Six Sigma-trained Laboratory Process Consultants conduct a holistic evaluation that identifies process improvements to achieve greater speed and cost savings. We learn your goals, objectives, and challenges, then map and implement processes that provide the best opportunities for innovation.

Find out more below about how VWRCATALYST’s teams have aided companies in reaching their potential, and how we can help you do the same.


Lean Methodology & Tools

We target strategic areas for improvement and leverage best practices across customers and industries to:

  • Engage the Scientific Community
  • Reduce the Costs of Research
  • Streamline Workflows
  • Eliminate Process Waste
Objective & Process

VWRCATALYST's Lean Business Process assessment aims to capture the voice of the customer (VOC) and a precise view of your current situation. Our approach provides you the opportunity to leverage VWRCATALYST consulting capabilities and experience to identify, quantify, and target specific areas for savings.

VWRCATALYST deploys Lean Six Sigma, a globally recognized methodology, and tools like DMAIC, Value Stream Mapping (VSM), detailed process flows, and much more. Metrics are fundamental to our analysis. As such, a short follow-up visit may be necessary to provide you with the crucial data needed to measure the improvements achieved. It is also vital to establishing a continuous improvement plan.

What is DMAIC?

Structured Approach with Lean Six Sigma Methodology and Tools

  • Define
  • Measure
  • Analyze
  • Improve
  • Control

Focus on the client experience while providing unmatched industry experience

DMAIC is a structured, five-step approach with tollgate reviews and a roadmap to achieving immediate and sustainable savings.

Onsite Interviews and Direction Observation
  • Schedule 30-minute onsite interviews and direct observation
  • Review customer data (e.g., supplier spend, supplies inventoried, transaction volume, site map, etc.)
  • Goal to complete interviews in one day

VWRCATALYST Business Process Consulting is a fee-based service. In general, most client projects are comprised of 1-3 billable days, but depend upon the client's specific scope of work.

VWRCATALYST provides a broad portfolio of services to customers engaged in science. We provide a clear advantage by leveraging more than 20 years of experience, delivering services, and knowledge of best practices across many industries.

Explore Our Related Services & Technology Solutions

Reducing High R&D Purchase Order Costs

Process optimization can lower average cost per purchase order by up to 70%.

Lean Inventory Management Program Reduces Costs

Our team assessed the cleanroom inventory process of a medical diagnostics manufacturer and helped the company save thousands in costs.

Clinical Laboratory Space Optimization

A large clinical laboratory recovered 17% of overall square footage with our 5S program - optimizing the flow of inventory, personnel, and samples.

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