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Lean Six Sigma in the Cement Industry

The making of cement is a production process. It is natural then that Lean and Six Sigma can be used to improve that process and those associated with the making of concrete where cement is a key ingredient. We’ll look at case studies from Bangladesh, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia and a thesis on the benefits [...]

Lean Six Sigma in the Tire Industry

Tires are made through a production process. Lean and Six Sigma have been used in the tire industry to improve manufacturing processes. We’ll look at four case studies of their use: two from India and one each from Portugal and Spain. Then we’ll finish with two videos of how tires are made: one an animation [...]

Lean Six Sigma in the Hospitality Sector

Six Sigma has been used in the hospitality industry for over 20 years. Starwood Hotels implemented Six Sigma in 2001. We’ll look at its use at Starwood through three articles and finish with an Irish hotel chain and its implementation of Lean Six Sigma. Original Press Release from Starwood On February 5, 2001, Starwood gave [...]

Lean Six Sigma in Glass Manufacturing

Glass is produced through a manufacturing process. Lean and Six Sigma are used to improve glass-making. We’ll examine examples of several glass-making processes using Lean and Six Sigma from picture tubes to windshields. We’ll finish with a video of the float glass manufacturing process. Glass Neck of Picture Tubes: India In a paper titled “Implementation [...]

Lean Six Sigma in College Admissions

College admissions is a great non-manufacturing example for the application of Lean and Six Sigma. We’ll look at three examples: one from the United States, another from Nigeria, and a final one from Canada. Admissions Application: United States This is a project presentation titled “Applying the Six Sigma Methodology to Improve the Admissions & Financial [...]

Virtual Brainstorming

In an earlier blog we discussed brainstorming. However, the focus was on in-person brainstorming. As more and more people work remotely, it’s time to discuss virtual brainstorming. While there are common themes throughout, we take a look at what three experts have to say about brainstorming in a remote environment. Finally, we provide an introduction [...]

Lean Six Sigma in the Cosmetic Industry

Cosmetics are produced through manufacturing processes. Lean and Six Sigma are improvement methodologies that are useful in cosmetics production. We’ll look at Lean and Six Sigma applications in Brazil, the Philippines, and Italy and finish with a video example of skin cream manufacturing. Six Sigma Project Enablers and Inhibitors: Brazil In an article titled “The [...]

Lean and Six Sigma in Blood Services

The process of giving blood, separating it into its vital components, and storing and shipping it are all processes that lend themselves to improvement through Lean and Six Sigma methodologies. We’ll take a look at Lean and Six Sigma in transfusion services, blood bank management, and blood donor flow. Finally, we include a short video [...]

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