Lean Six Sigma for Utilities

Utility companies provide electricity, gas, and water for public use. Lean and Six Sigma aid in effectively making that happen. We include a comprehensive resource guide on the use of Lean in utilities from the US Environmental Protection Agency and a paper exploring the use of Lean Six Sigma in the power sector. We’ll finish [...]

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 Engine Manufacturing

Whether gasoline or diesel, engines drive vehicles around the world. Lean and Six Sigma methodologies aid in their manufacture. We’ll look at two applications from India and a master's thesis from Sweden. Then we’ll finish with a video of Cummins diesel engine manufacturing.   Six Sigma Applied to Engine Assembly and Testing: India   In [...]

Lean Six Sigma in Cardboard Box Production

Cardboard or corrugated fiberboard boxes are used throughout the world for packaging. Lean and Six Sigma are used to improved production and reduce waste. We’ll look at applications from Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Poland, and Egypt and reference a video on how corrugated cardboard boxes are made. Finally, we include a link to a related previously [...]

Lean Six Sigma in Laboratory Management

Laboratories perform key analyses and are critical in medical, chemical, and other industries. Lean and Six Sigma methodologies aid in laboratory management. We’ll look at two applications from Turkey and the USA, and an article on the benefits of Lean and Lean Six Sigma in the clinical laboratory. We’ll finish with a video tour of [...]

Lean Six Sigma in the Operating Room

What are some of the applications of Lean and Six Sigma in the operating room? We take a look at three: two from New York and one from China. We’ll finish with a video tour of the Royal London Hospital Neurosurgery Operating Theater.   Using Lean and Six Sigma to Improve Operating Room Efficiency: New [...]

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 Shipping Container Industry

Shipping containers hold much of the goods that are used as end products or as components of to be manufactured products. Lean and Six Sigma are used to increase the efficiency with which these containers are loaded, arrive at ports, and are subsequently transported. We’ll look at applications in Iran, Scandinavia, and Indonesia. We’ll finish [...]

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 Carpet Industry

Carpets are used extensively in homes and buildings around the world. Lean and Six Sigma methodologies aid in their manufacture. We’ll look at three case studies from Thailand, Egypt, and Iraq, and finish with a video of how carpet is made.   Improving Carpet Machine Efficiency Through Six Sigma DMAIC: Thailand   In a paper [...]

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