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Carrie Fohr, quality engineer and Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Seaquist Closures

Carrie Fohr, an ASQ member for four years, works as a quality engineer and Six Sigma Black Belt at Seaquist Closures in Mukwonago, WI. The company is a leader in the plastic and dispensing closures market. Fohr is an ASQ Certified Quality Inspector, Six Sigma Green Belt and Six Sigma Black Belt.

Fohr recently answered questions about Six Sigma and the importance of quality.

What do you think is most important in implementing a Six Sigma project?
Using the correct tools to analyze data and prove or disprove theories to ultimately lead your project down the path of statistically sound changes and improvements. Once these improvements are made, having a robust and timely reviewed control plan is of utmost importance.

Why do you think Six Sigma is important?
Typically, people attempt to resolve problems using a “gut feeling” approach. This can be a good thing or not so good thing. Six Sigma allows us to use tools to prove or disprove these gut feeling theories, as well as use a methodical approach to resolution.

Why do you think quality is important?
Quality is important for achieving customer loyalty and brand recognition, and ultimately, quality is important to all of us as consumers.

What’s your favorite benefit of quality?
The positive results problem solving and corrective actions bring.

Why did you choose to go into the quality field?
It was a natural progression in my career path at my facility. I have always enjoyed math and numbers. Now, with Six Sigma, I truly enjoy data analysis and problem solving with the Six Sigma tools.

What’s your best advice to someone new to quality?
Quality is never easy. Work with a mentor. Understand your processes, and use the Six Sigma tools to guide you.

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