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Abstract:Faced with the challenge of finding ways to comply with increased fuel economy demands, automobile manufacturers are seeking to reduce vehicle weight while still maintaining structural integrity. One supplier achieved this goal using lean Six Sigma tools to develop a technology applicable to all automobile models. Value stream mapping enable the company to balance process loads, reduce cycle times, and improve just-in-time inventories. Improvement in overall plant productivity, quality, and efficiency and the reduction of work-in-progress inventory resulted in savings of …

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A beautiful case study as to how knowledge and skills can be leveraged to complement each other. Wonderful. Thanks.
--Subramania Kannan, 06-02-2010


Very impressive results and case study to model in other organizations. I liked that the original memo was included and shared with candor. Consistent Top Management support is crucial to embark in lean-sigma initiatives.

Lvanegas, CA 03-27-2010
--Lvanegas, 03-27-2010


Nice one, way to go....
--JOHN CHEKANSKY , 03-10-2010


This is a good case study on continuous improvement, especially during this economic downturn.
--Sam Tweneboah - Toronto, 03-09-2010


Nice case study. I read it with great interest. I did not knew that LSS (Lean Six Sigma) could be so effective.
--'Narinder' from Winnipeg, 03-08-2010


Excellent! Good learning experience about the magic of teamwork!
--Aditi, 03-04-2010


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