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The Smiths Excellence System (SES) has been an important driver of continuous improvement at Smiths since 2016. Our SES structure, leadership, resources, tools and training ensure that we explicitly prioritise and resource improvement projects according to impact and importance, and execute with greater pace, urgency and consistency.

Employees Solving Problems

Solving problems and delivering results

SES is central to how we solve problems and deliver results at Smiths. It is a common approach for innovation, execution and continuous improvement based on Lean Six Sigma (LSS) principles. It enables us to effectively determine, accelerate and deliver critical operational and functional projects that make us more efficient, faster to market and more responsive to customer needs.

SES is also a development opportunity for Smiths colleagues as they take on full-time Black Belt roles or lead Green Belt projects and use SES Academy resources to expand their knowledge and skills and build exciting careers.

Our performance improvement culture is driven through a global community of full-time MBBs, BBs, site LEAN leads and trainers/coaches

This group is highly qualified in the practical application of Lean and Six Sigma methodologies, tools and techniques to increase business productivity. As well as leading projects of their own, they form and oversee our Green Belt projects and coach Smiths colleagues seeking Green Belt qualification.

SES projects are accelerating execution of our strategic priorities


Full-time Master Black Belts and Black Belts


Black Belt projects in flight


Green Belt projects in flight


Operating profit growth from SES projects in FY2023

Employees Working With Electronics

Innovation is in our DNA

Every Smiths product, service and solution is the result of engineering and technology innovation by our expert teams, often in collaboration with our customers. We invest approximately 4% of revenue into R&D annually to improve product performance, solve new problems or move into new and growing markets. Innovation has been in our DNA for more than 170 years.

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