The Application of Lean Six Sigma on Strapping and Barband Tray Production Lines: A Case Study at FBS Company

Sendi, Ezzat Omar (2006) The Application of Lean Six Sigma on Strapping and Barband Tray Production Lines: A Case Study at FBS Company. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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The purpose of this dissertation is to identify and understand prevalent industrial production processes that can benefit from the implementation of a Lean Six Sigma approach and to facilitate its implementation on a realistic level in the production market through the use of a case study. The tools used included the application of the Cause and Effect Diagram as well as various problem solving techniques and quality tools that can be applicable over a large segment of production facilities to improve product quality and production time while reducing waste and increasing factory profits and productivity.

Two major production lines at a factory in Beeston, UK were used as a basis for the research. The lines were analyzed using a Kaizen team approach to identify major problems and recommend solutions. The team that included individuals from the different departments of the factory led by the author then implemented these recommendations and studied the resulting improvements on one of the two lines. The implementation resulted in a large reduction in waste as well as a noticeable difference in the quality of the products produced. Also positive changes were visible in better production flow and worker efficiency.

The major findings conclude that Lean Six Sigma techniques have shown easy use and application and are perfect for small or traditional production lines. The tools used are those that show the easiest usability and result in the largest gain to the company in the shortest time possible. The case study results reinforce the tools and their implementation and act as a guide to other companies interested in developing their own Lean Six Sigma approaches and facilitate the decision to change and improve their processes.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 15 May 2016 15:13

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