Integrating lean and six sigma for optimum manufacturing performance

Shamou, M. and Arunachalam, Subramaniam (2009) ‘Integrating lean and six sigma for optimum manufacturing performance’, Proceedings of Advances in Computing and Technology. (AC&T) The School of Computing and Technology 4th Annual Conference. University of East London, pp. 51-60.

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Abstract

Recent manufacturing industry reports and research indicate that the majority of companies seeking to achieve world class performance, or improve their business performance in an increasingly competitive market, have not been able to change at a reasonably fast rate towards achieving their performance targets such as lead time, delivery, quality and cost. This paper attempts to study the effectiveness of lean and six sigma, two of the most popular performance improvement methodologies used by manufacturers today, and highlights their strengths and weaknesses, investigates the rationale behind combining them. The study also explores the most effective way of integrating the two philosophies to achieve improvement at a fast rate. Most published research on integrating lean and six sigma have been only descriptive. Descriptive research is an important step towards explaining the rationale of integrating lean and six sigma, however, empirical research on lean six sigma is characterised by lack of attention to implementation know how, resulting in the need to focus on the operational side.

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Additional Information: Citation: Shamou, M.; Arunachalam, S. (2009) ‘Integrating lean and six sigma for optimum manufacturing performance’ Proceedings of Advances in Computing and Technology, (AC&T) The School of Computing and Technology 4th Annual Conference, University of East London, pp.51-60.
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Depositing User: Mr Stephen Grace
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2010 10:17
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2012 11:59
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10552/910

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