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"Introduction to Essentials of Lean Six Sigma" explains the concepts of Six Sigma and lean production (aka kaizen)...
and how these two work in combination. There is a chart that compares three sigma with Six Sigma defect examples, and another chart that compares traditional methods with lean Six Sigma methods.
"Six Sigma Continuous Improvement" outlines the principles behind continuous improvement. DMAIC is referenced, and there is a detailed table of Six Sigma improvement steps.
Six Sigma is a management program that provides tools that help manufacturers obtain efficient, stream-lined production to coincide with ultimate high quality products. Lean Six Sigma will show how the well-regarded analytical tools of Six Sigma quality control can be successfully brought into the well-established models of lean manufacturing, bringing efficient, stream-lined production and high quality product readily together.
This book offers a thorough, yet concise introduction to the essential mathematics of Six Sigma, with solid case examples from a variety of industrial settings, culminating in an extended case study. Various professionals will find this book immensely useful, whether it be the industrial engineer, the industrial manager, or anyone associated with engineering in a technical or managing role. It will bring about a clear understanding of not only how to implement Six Sigma statistical tools, but also how to do so within the bounds of Lean manufacturing scheme. It will show how Lean Six Sigma can help reinforce the notion of "less is more," while at the same time preserving minimal error rates in final manufactured products.
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