MRC - Manufacturers Resource Center


Design for Six Sigma (DFSS)


Date(s) - May 13th, 2019 - June 13th, 2019
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Manufacturers Resource Center

Design for Six Sigma (DFSS)

May 13, 14, 15
June 11, 12, 13
8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Manufacturers Resource Center
Hanover Office Plaza
961 Marcon Boulevard, Suite 200
Allentown, PA 18109


Course Overview:

DFSS, or Design for Six Sigma, is a method that 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 2, 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.  The second session is 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:

Week 1:

    • Introduction to DFSS
    • Project Identification
    • Project Chartering
    • VOC (Voice of the Customer) gathering
    • AHP (Analytical Hierarchy Processing)
    • QFD (Quality Function Deployent)
    • 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


Student Requirements:

Students should be Black Belt or rigorously Green Belt trained.  Engineering applications experience is helpful but not required.  All students will need laptop computers with Minitab version.

Cost:  $2,600/person if registered by April 5, 2019 | $2,800 /person after April 5th

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Robert Tripp
Six Sigma Consultant
Certified Master Black Belt


Photo image of Robert Tripp, Instructor for Design for Six Sigma (DFSS)With 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. Through these engagements, Rob has assessed organizational readiness, designed and led deployment strategies, developed curricula for various levels of Lean, Six Sigma, and Design for Six Sigma training, and mentored Leaders, Champions and Belts through both organizational and technical aspects of Lean Six Sigma deployments. Rob has published several articles in on-line and print media, and his clients have been recognized for deployment excellence multiple times at industry symposiums. Prior to embarking on his Six Sigma journey, Rob worked for 9 years at AlliedSignal in various finance and operations roles; his last position was plant controller. Rob currently lives in rural Indiana with his family on a small hobby farm; he attended Indiana University, Bloomington, where he earned a bachelor of science in Biochemistry and an MBA in finance.

Note: All registration fees must be received in advance of the date of your event. Also, MRC must be notified two weeks in advance of this event if you need to cancel, otherwise we can only grant a credit to another MRC event. Remember, you can also send a substitute.


Ticket Type Price Spaces
Standard Ticket $2800/person
Design for Six Sigma (DFSS)
Discount Ticket $2600/person by April 5, 2019
Design For Six Sigma (DFSS)

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