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Design for Six Sigma (DFSS)

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Date(s) - May 2nd, 2023 - June 8th, 2023
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Manufacturers Resource Center

7200A Windsor Drive
Allentown, PA 18106

Week 1 | Tuesday – Thursday, May 2-4, 2023 | 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Week 2 | Tuesday – Thursday, June 6-8, 2023 | 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

  $3,295/person, $2,900 before Mar.3, 2023 Meals, beverages, and materials included   Register  



Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) is the application of Six Sigma principles to the design of products and their manufacturing and support processes.  It is used for product or process design in contrast with process improvement. Measurement is the most important part of most Six Sigma or DFSS tools, but whereas in Six Sigma measurements are made from an existing process, DFSS focuses on gaining a deep insight into customer needs and using these to inform every design decision and trade-off.

When your company designs a new product or process from the ground up, it requires a sizable amount of time and resources. Many products today are highly complex, providing multiple opportunities for things to go wrong. If your design does not meet the customer’s actual wants and expectations or your product does not provide the value the customer is willing to pay for, the product sales will suffer. Redesigning products and processes is expensive and increases your time to market.  In contrast, by utilizing Design for Six Sigma methodologies, companies have reduced their time to market by 25 to 40 percent while providing a high-quality product that meets the customer’s requirements. DFSS is a proactive approach to design with quantifiable data and proven design tools that can improve your chances of success.

The Design for Six Sigma method has evolved from a core Six Sigma DMAIC approach to process improvement.  DFSS is a collection of sophisticated tools that integrate with your existing product design processes, from concept to launch of production, focusing on achieving the nexus of flawless production, optimal product performance, and delighted customers at minimal cost.

Utilizing an IDDOV (Identify, Define, Develop, Optimize and Verify) approach, the course blends the use of collaborative and management system methods with analytical tools to ensure that all critical product characteristics are prioritized and managed through the development process and controlled in production.

The course consists of two, 3-day sessions which take participants through a journey from capturing voice of the customer through concept development with techniques to predict product manufacturing capability and performance in the field.  Other portions of the course are more analytical, as it couples experimental design and statistical analysis methods for robust design with approaches to design for manufacturability and control systems to ensure optimal product performance and support ongoing continuous improvement.  The course is interactive and hands-on.  Students will utilize Excel and Minitab statistical software to experience the core concepts. 

Course Agenda

Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) image  Week 1
  • Introduction to DFSS
  • Project Identification
  • Project Chartering
  • VOC (Voice of the Customer) gathering
  • AHP (Analytical Hierarchy Processing)
  • QFD (Quality Function Deployment)
  • DFMEA (Design Failure Modes and Effects Analysis)
  • Rolled Throughput Yield
  • Product/Process Capability tracking
  • Design Scorecards
  • Taguchi Loss Function
  • Hierarchical Decomposition
  • Axiomatic Design
  • DFM & DFx
  • TRIZ
  • Pugh Selection methods
 Week 2
  • Classical DOE review
  • Taguchi design and analysis methods
  • TRIZ (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving)
  • Design Validation
  • Statistical Tolerancing
  • Critical Parameter Management
  • Capturing Lessons Learned


Essential Course Requirements and Prerequisites

Students should be Black Belts or rigorously trained Green Belts. Engineering applications experience is helpful but not required. DFSS training is ideal for engineers, designers, interested managers, and technicians. All those who would lead or be members of a DFSS project team.**All students will need laptop computers with Minitab software.

Questions? Contact Nicole Pierce at (484) 655-4873 or

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Instructor | Robert Tripp | Six Sigma Consultant, Certified Master Black Belt

Robert TrippWith over 20 years of focus in the quality management arena, Rob’s breadth and depth of experience combine to enable significant business results in each of his client engagements. He is part of the “original DNA” of Six Sigma, trained and certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt in AlliedSignal’s first wave in 1995. By 1998 he acquired his Master Black Belt certification, at which time he began his consulting career. Since then, he has trained, mentored, and certified thousands of Green Belts, Black Belts and Master Black Belts in dozens of companies across several industries around the world.



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