Go With the Flow

Abstract:Many companies attempting to implement lean Six Sigma fail to consider data flow. Traditionally, data collection has been difficult without interrupting manufacturing processes, but technology can make it easy and nonintrusive. Shipping companies, for instance, can use mobile weighing systems to identify misreported pallet weights. A manufacture of specialty chain products can train workers in a simple touch screen interface for removing samples for quality testing. An automated counting system can track loss of pieces at a high volume manufacturing facility. Operator conformance to the specifications of a spray coating process can be tracked by automatically recording product weight before and after the process. Internet technology is the usual solution to get sensors communicating with the computers carrying out the …

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