Axiomatic Design

Axiomatic Design

Axiomatic design is a Six Sigma matrix strategy used to analyze customers’ needs in a product or service, and transforming them into functional requirements, design parameters, and process variables. This strategy essentially applies both a systematic and scientific approach to[…]

CTQ Tree

CTQ Tree

CTQ Trees, or Critical-to-Quality Trees, are a Six Sigma tool that is driven by data and a diagram to ensure companies are meeting the needs of customers while producing a high-quality product or service. The basis for this strategy are[…]

Taguchi Method

Taguchi Method

The Taguchi Method, also referred to as the Robust Design Method, is a Six Sigma strategy designed to improve the output of a process by removing causes of defects and reducing variability in the process. This method was developed by[…]

Visual Management

Visual Management

Visual management is the idea of using visuals to make situations more easily understood and keeping workers on the same page. Often the goal is to get as much information across as possible with little observation needed. Using visual cues[…]

Gage R&R

Gage R&R

Gage R&R, formally called Gage Repeatability and Reproducibility, is a measurement system/study used in conjunction with a calibration process to ensure decisions about a measurement (applying Statistical Process Control for instance) are accurate. Using precise and accurate data for process[…]

Bottleneck

Bottleneck

Bottlenecks are areas in the production process where for one reason or another, work gets backed up. They cause slowdowns, interruptions, and disruptions to the manufacturing process causing wastes to occur. Nearly every production system will have a bottleneck, whether[…]

6S

6S

While it can be argued that safety is built into the various steps of 5S, having a focus on workplace safety in this methodology is beneficial and is referred to as 6S. 6S builds upon the 5S approach with the[…]

Pull System

Pull System

The term “pull system” is often used as a synonym for “Just-in-Time Manufacturing”, or JIT manufacturing. This is a control-oriented system focused on producing smaller batches and eliminate wastes in the facility. That includes smartly stocking supplies and products and[…]

Fishbone Diagram

Fishbone Diagram

The Fishbone Diagram, formally named the Ishikawa diagram, is a tool for managers to get to the root cause of an issue in production. This diagram is used in Root Cause Analysis and is a visual representation of the 5[…]