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Lean and Six Sigma in the Fish Canning Industry

The global seafood market in 2019 was valued at $159.32 billion. Of that, 12.4% or $19.8 billion was due to canned seafood.** [Sources shown at end] How can Lean and Six Sigma contribute to improvement in the fish canning industry? We’ll explore that by looking at two example case studies in the fish canning industry, [...]

Six Sigma in the Dairy Industry

The production of dairy products is made up of manufacturing processes. Therefore, the Six Sigma DMAIC methodology can be used for continuous improvement. We’ll take a look at three case studies of the DMAIC application in the dairy industry: two for milk production, and one focusing on yogurt manufacturing. Finally, we’ll refer to a video [...]

Lean Farming

Farming is a system of interrelated processes focused on production. Material flow and reducing waste are key. Therefore, it is natural that Lean would be important in making improvements in farming. Neil Fedden, managing director of Fedden USP in a video from ADHB, Britain’s Official channel of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, gives us [...]

Six Sigma Project Identification and Selection

It is vitally important for an organization to have the proper projects identified and selected so there is no lack of continuous improvement projects. How does your organization generate doable projects? We’ll hear from three experts on Six Sigma project identification and selection. First, Paul Allen, Lean Six Sigma consultant of Allen and Partners Limited, discusses [...]

Shoe Manufacturing and Six Sigma

As a series of manufacturing steps, shoe making should be a perfect application for Six Sigma methods. We’ll explore two applications of Six Sigma in shoe manufacturing, one in Indonesia and the other in Bangladesh. In an article titled Improving Quality of Shoe Soles Product using Six Sigma the authors Athalia Jesslyn Wijaya, Wildan Trusajis, [...]

Beyond the 5 Whys

We’re all familiar with the 5 Whys as a path for root cause analysis. But is it enough? What’s beyond the 5 Whys? Are there times they shouldn’t be used? Are there other alternatives? We’ll explore those questions and provide answers from experts. First, Paul Allen, Lean Six Sigma consultant of Allen and Partners Limited, [...]

First Time Yield and Rolled Throughput Yield

First Time Yield and Rolled Throughput Yield are two important standard yield metrics for processes.  First Time Yield (FTY):  The ratio of the number of good “units” coming out of the process to the number of “units” going in. Rolled Throughput Yield (RTY): The probability that the process produces a good “unit” the first time [...]

Lean Six Sigma in Paper Manufacturing

We will look at two examples of Lean Six Sigma applied to paper manufacturing. First to generic papermaking, and second to producing baby diapers. In a paper titled “An Application of Customized Lean Six Sigma to Enhance Productivity at a Paper Manufacturing Company” Nabeel Mandahawia, Rami H. Fouad, and Suleiman Obeidata present a process improvement [...]

Quantifying Six Sigma Project Benefits

Valuing Six Sigma project benefits is important for prioritizing projects, assigning resources, and reporting to management. What are some guidelines for quantifying project benefits when there are tangible (hard) and non-tangible (soft) business impacts? What is the role of the finance department? We will address these topics through a presentation from Matt Hansen, Founder and [...]

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