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Title: Implementation of a Six Sigma project in a 3M division of Brazil
Authors: Souza, Ricardo Pires de
Hékis, Hélio Roberto
Oliveira, Lucas Ambrósio Bezerra
Queiroz, Jamerson Viegas
Queiroz, Fernanda Cristina Barbosa Pereira
Valentim, Ricardo Alexsandro de Medeiros
Keywords: Six Sigma;Customer service index (CSI);Value stream map;Kanban;Brazil
Issue Date: 18-Jan-2013
Publisher: Emerald
Citation: SOUZA, R.P.; HÉKIS,H.R.; OLIVEIRA, L.A.B.; QUEIROZ, J.V.; QUEIROZ, F.C.B.P.; VALENTIM, R.A.M.. Implementation of a Six Sigma project in a 3M division of Brazil. International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management, v. 30, p. 129-141, 2013. Disponível em: Acesso em: 24 jul. 2020.
Portuguese Abstract: Purpose – The Six Sigma project aims at a continual reduction in process variation, eliminating defects or flaws in products and services, optimizing processes and reducing costs. The purpose of this study is to demonstrate improvements in customer service index (CSI), product cycle time and inventory turnover after implementation of a Six Sigma project. Design/methodology/approach – This research focused on the value stream mapping of a company process, performed by a multidisciplinary team that implemented a pull production system, the standard operational procedure in machines that were process bottlenecks, and the kanban system. Findings – After three months of implementation, the authors observed an 11.7 percent reduction in product cycle time, increase in customer service index (CSI) from 93.9 to 97 percent and increase in inventory turnovers from 4.9 to 9. Originality/value – The project was in accordance with the competitive strategy of the company, which is focused on customer satisfaction and cost reduction
ISSN: 0265-671X
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