Design for Six Sigma

In order to be able to cope with the growing pressure to innovate for new, high-quality products, the Six Sigma philosophy must also be implemented in the development process. The effective use of Six Sigma tools in the product and process development phase to meet Six Sigma customer needs is summarized by the term "Design for Six Sigma" (DFSS).

Goals are breakthrough improvements in terms of both customer satisfaction and cost and time reduction in the development process.

This assumes that customer expectations and needs (CTQs) need to be fully understood before a process or product can be fully designed and implemented.

A popular Design for Six Sigma method is the DMADV.

The five phases of DMADV are defined as follows:

  • Defining the project goals and customer requirements (internal and external)
  • Measuring and setting customer needs and specifications
  • Analyze process capabilities to meet customer needs.
  • Design the process (in detail) to meet customer needs.
  • Verify - Ensure design performance and ability to meet customer needs.

Similar to the DMAIC , a stringent procedure should also be ensured with the DMADV method. Different phases of the product development cycle use different Six Sigma tools and techniques, such as Quality Function Deployment (QFD), Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA), various statistical tools and Design of Experiment (DoE).


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