Big Improvements for Small Parts

Abstract:National Semiconductor Corporation is a process-driven manufacturer looking for additional ways to cut costs. Having experienced dissatisfaction with an earlier continuous improvement program, it became clear that reducing costs while maintaining product quality was a goal calling for a Six Sigma effort. National's Singapore plant was ideally situated because it had Six Sigma experience and software to ensure projects would run smoothly. The six-member team was successful because it followed the DMAIC roadmap. National has realized millions of dollars in savings throughout its assembly and test facilities, and has shown how individual know-how, coupled with Six Sigma, adds a new level of value to their production …

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