It All Ties Together

Abstract:Railroad operator CSX Corp., faced with skyrocketing fuel prices and wanting to do its part to be greener, formed a locomotive shutdown team to find ways to reduce the 30 million gallons of diesel wasted by idling locomotives. The team used quality tools, including Six Sigma DMAIC and failure mode effects analysis (FMEA), to select the project and to understand the impact the project would have on various stakeholders. Identification and analysis of root causes enabled the team to find fuel conserving solutions. One of the more tangible results of the three-year project was a savings of more than 14 million gallons of fuel and more than $28 million. A sidebar article provides an insider’s view of the …

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First thing from reading your article about this project, I have to say "Job Well Done"!
Secondly, A thought went thru my mind after reading this article since my company is in the locomotive industry; if the locomotives are shut down for a certain length of time and not idling,saving fuel.... is there that possibly that there could be more savings for the locomotive companies if you look at all the component parts that are on a locomotive that would be getting less wear since the locomotives are not idling anymore for that certain length of time that is. It's a thought.
--Barbara, 05-13-2008

Well written and informative. Much different than the usual capability study type of process improvements found in the manufacturing sector.
--Paul Mencke, 05-12-2008

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