Waste and Contributors to Waste

We should constantly strive to provide exactly what the customer wants when working on process improvement.  One way to do so is to identify activities that are wasteful and then work to reduce or eliminate those activities.  Waste is defined as an activity that consumes resources but does not add any value for the customer.   […] read more

On May 17th, 2016, posted in: Articles, Six Sigma by Tags: , ,

Evaluating Gage Bias and Linearity

In an earlier article in this series, I introduced some basic issues in measurement systems analysis such as granularity, accuracy, reproducibility, repeatability, stability and linearity.  In this article we will explore in more detail how to evaluate the performance of a measurement system with respect to bias and linearity. Gage bias examines the difference between […] read more

Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)

Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is a form of risk analysis that should be applied when designing or changing products and processes.  FMEA is a methodical seven step approach to analyzing a product or process for ways that it can fail, and then taking appropriate actions based on this information.   We will explain the […] read more

On April 15th, 2016, posted in: Six Sigma by Tags: ,

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)

A metric that is commonly used in Lean Six Sigma is Overall Equipment Effectiveness, or OEE. OEE can be used to help target key areas for improvement. It is a way to measure equipment performance in three major areas where losses or waste may occur. Although OEE is most commonly applied in manufacturing, it can […] read more

On February 16th, 2016, posted in: Articles, Six Sigma by Tags: , ,