Design for Six Sigma

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View Training ScheduleDesign for Six Sigma (DFSS) is the application of Six Sigma principles to the design of products and their manufacturing and support processes.

Design for Six SigmaIt 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.

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.

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 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

Who Should Attend

DFSS training is ideal for engineers, designers, interested managers and technicians- all those who would lead or be members of a DFSS project team.

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.


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