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LSS in the Publishing and Printing Industries

Printing and publishing are the result of a production process. As a result, Lean and Six Sigma are appropriate methodologies to achieve improvement. We’ll look at a Malaysian case study of applying Lean and Six Sigma in printing. Then we’ll finish with two more general articles: one on Lean Six Sigma generic project definitions in [...]

Lean and Six Sigma in the Textile Industry

Textiles are manufactured through a production process. As such, Lean and Six Sigma methodologies are candidates for process improvement. We’ll introduce six textile case studies from around the world that used Six Sigma and Lean. Tunisia: Six Sigma and PDCA Egypt: Lean Six Sigma India: Lean Six Sigma Jordan: Six Sigma Thailand: Six Sigma Ecuador: Lean [...]

LSS in the Solid Waste Industry

Treating and disposing of solid waste is an age-old problem. How can Lean Six Sigma help? We’ll answer by exploring several cases:  Reducing waste collection accidents  Improving infectious waste disposal  Reducing trash pickup costs Reducing solid waste transfer costs  Improving aluminum can recycling rates Reducing Waste Collection Accidents: Jakarta Accidents can occur during solid waste [...]

Lean Six Sigma in Laundry and Dry Cleaning

Production processes are a major part of laundry and dry cleaning. As a result, Lean and Six Sigma applications can lead to major improvements. We’ll explore the application of Lean and Six Sigma by looking at three cases:  implementation in two hospital laundry systems, and in a dry cleaning plant. Linen Loss Reduction In an [...]

Continuous Improvement in Theme and Amusement Parks

Theme and amusement parks provide entertainment for people in many countries all over the world*. How is continuous improvement being addressed in these parks? We’ll answer the question by first looking at how Lean was applied in a safari park and then at a master’s thesis focused on providing a framework for continuous improvement initiatives. [...]

The Caterpillar Production System

Continuous Improvement at Caterpillar includes Six Sigma, Lean, and the Caterpillar Production System (CPS). We will cover all three using various sources. Six Sigma:  They initiated their Six Sigma Program in 2001. Caterpillar had a long road in front of it, but the initial rollout of 6 Sigma used more than 300,000 hours of training [...]

The 1918 Flu Pandemic – What Do We Know?

On November 30, 2018, Cambridge University shared what they knew about the 1918 Flu Pandemic and what they have learned from it 100 years later. Now, scientists estimate that 50 – 100 million people died around the world. They died for two basic reasons: either from the initial flu infection or from the body’s strong [...]

Saving Lives Through Lean Six Sigma – The MRAP Case Study

By 2007, over a thousand lives had been lost through IEDs destroying military HUMVEES. A solution was needed and fast. The answer was the MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle. At the time, Defense Secretary Robert Gates mandated that 1500 MRAPs needed to be fielded within a year. However, the factory at the time — SPAWAR [...]

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