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Mapping Problem-Solving Methodologies

There are many problem methodologies used for process improvement. We’ll look at discussions and articles from experts on the comparisons among some of the more well-known approaches. If an article has a summary comparison chart, we reproduce it. We finish with a short video on mathematician George Polya’s 4-step Problem Solving approach. Approaches Mentioned: PDCA [...]

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Natural and Synthetic Rubber Production – Lean and Six Sigma Applications

Rubber, both natural and synthetic, is used in rubber manufacturing around the world to produce many different products. Lean and Six Sigma aid in that production by improving quality and reducing waste. We’ll look at three applications from Malaysia, Indonesia, and the United States. Then we’ll finish with two videos: one on how synthetic rubber [...]

Lean Six Sigma in the Aviation Industry

The aviation industry comprises almost all aspects of air travel and the activities that help to facilitate it. Thus, it includes the entire airline industry, aircraft manufacturing, research companies, military aviation, and much more.* Lean and Six Sigma methodologies are used to improve operations and reduce waste in many aspects of the industry. We’ll look [...]

Lean Six Sigma in the Gambling and Casino Business

The U.S. commercial gaming industry revenue in January 2022 reached $4.5 billion*.  While details of exact implementations of Lean and Six Sigma may be proprietary, there is ample evidence that the use of Lean and Six Sigma in the gambling and casino business is alive and well. We’ll look at the use of Lean at [...]

Lean Methodologies in Nursing Homes

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there were 15,600 nursing homes in the United States in 2016. Older data from 1997 has the information for 10 countries*. Lean methodologies are being used to improve elderly care. We’ll look at two applications one from Singapore and another from Michigan. Then we’ll finish [...]

Lean Six Sigma in the Coffee Industry

Over 70 countries produce coffee. Brazil, Vietnam, Colombia, Indonesia, and Ethiopia are the top five producers. Overall, 30-40% of the world enjoys a cup of coffee daily. Lean and Six Sigma aid in the coffee production that makes that possible. We’ll look at cases from Taiwan, Malaysia, and Thailand and finish with a video of [...]

Lean Six Sigma in the Wind Industry

As calls for more renewable energy continue to grow, wind energy is always in the news. Lean and Six Sigma methodologies are applied for improvements in the wind industry. We’ll look at a Lean application and a Six Sigma application and finish with a time-lapse video of a wind turbine installation.   Applying Lean Kaizen [...]

Lean Six Sigma in the Musical Instrument Industry

Lean and Six Sigma aid in the production of musical instruments. We’ll see how Lean and Six Sigma improve the quality of piano manufacturing and the production of musical instrument strings, and finish with a video of how trumpets are made.   Six Sigma DMAIC Phases Applied to Piano Manufacturing: Indonesia   In a paper [...]

Lean Six Sigma in the Animal Feed Industry

Animal feed is produced for consumption all over the world. Not only for pets but for farm animals, ranches, zoos, etc. Lean and Six Sigma can improve productivity and reduce waste. We’ll look at three case studies from Indonesia, Brazil, and Hungary and finish with a short video of making livestock feed.   Using Lean [...]

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