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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 [...]

The Last Planner System and Pull Planning

In a recent blog titled Lean and Six Sigma in Construction, the concept of Lean Construction was discussed.  The Last Planner System and Pull Planning are key parts of Lean Construction. What are they, and how are they used in Lean Construction? Unified Works, a lean advisor for the construction industry, introduces the Last Planner [...]

Lean and Six Sigma in Construction

Lean and Six Sigma are being used beneficially on construction projects.  Let’s explore some examples. First, the Lean Construction Institute provides a definition of Lean Construction. “Lean Construction is a respect and relationship oriented production management approach to project delivery, a transformational way to plan, design, and build capital facilities …” Key concepts are Respect [...]

Goods to Person Automation

Goods to Person (also known as Goods to Man) technology affords efficiency, speed, and accuracy from order picking to shipping. How is this done in large warehouse distribution centers? The Goods to Person Concept:  “The goods to person concept is straightforward – associates stay in one location while the items to be picked and packed [...]

Lean Six Sigma for Software: Development, QA, Testing

We often get questions from Software QA folks who have been invited to join our LinkedIn Group as to what the applicability is of Lean and Six Sigma to Software development, QA, and testing. We’ll hear from several experts and reference several articles on the subject. Krishnamurty Pammi, Head of PMO at TechMojo Solutions discusses [...]

Intelligent Order Fulfillment

Online ordering has continued to rapidly increase, particularly over the last year. How can one fulfill orders and keep the customer satisfied? We’ll hear from three sources about intelligent order fulfillment. First, from HighJump (now Körber), a company that provides integrated systems for warehouse, transportation, and logistics that helps large organizations address eCommerce orders. Craig Moore, [...]

Bootstrap Resampling

Bootstrap Resampling takes an initial sample and randomly samples from that repeatedly with replacement. One then uses the data from the resamples to estimate various statistics. Bootstrap Resampling should be in your statistical toolkit. We will explore the Bootstrap approach from various sources. First, Mike Marin, Professor at the University of British Columbia clearly explains [...]

Moral or Prudential Algebra – Decision-Making with Ben Franklin

There are many methods for making multi-objective decisions described in Lean Six Sigma and other disciplines. Benjamin Franklin developed a simple but effective one. In 1772, Joseph Priestly, the discoverer of oxygen, had an important decision to make that had several advantages and disadvantages. He turned to his friend, Benjamin Franklin for help. In the [...]

Digital Twin – More Than Simulation

What is a Digital Twin? Why is it more than simulation? How will it revolutionize design, development, and operation of products and systems? While a simulation is defined as “… an approximate imitation of the operation of a process or system that represents its operation over time.” - Wikipedia. A digital twin is defined as [...]

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