Husqvarna Goes Lean Six Sigma

Posted by: meikah | 14 April 2011 | 9:33 pm
Husqvana, the world’s largest producer of lawn mowers, power tools, and trimmer, implements Lean Six Sigma to expand production.

In recent years, Husqvana had to deal with increased demand for thier products. So to increase production capacity, this is what the company did:

According to David Rucker, the Beatrice production line features multiple equipment models, each requiring unique assembly methods and different amounts of dedicated assembly time from the operators. Using Lean principles to balance production flow, Rucker’s team created a more visual and flexible assembly line, delivering only the next two hours’ worth of raw materials. Rucker is president of Rucker & Associates whose team specializes in finding industrial and operational efficiencies.

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Quality Quiz from PQ Systems e-Line

Posted by: meikah | 13 April 2011 | 1:41 am

PQ Systems Quality E-Line

PQ Systems through it’s Quality eline newsletter brings us another quality quiz by Professor Leary.

For this month’s quiz, and a chance to win a copy of Quality Gamebox, submit your response by April 29 to be entered in the drawing.

Here’s the quiz:

Last month, we saw Anna Nutherthing, quality assurance manager for Melt & Mold Industries, as she tried to enhance her career opportunities by teaching SPC to her entire staff. One of these, Jan U. Wari, insisted that the best way to make good products would be to adjust machines so all data points would fall between the control limits. Her rule: if a point falls above the X-bar, adjust the operation of the machine downward to compensate for the distance between the data point and the X-bar. If a data point appeared below the X-bar, on the other hand, she would adjust the operation upwards to compensate. “It’s important to assure that all data points fall between the control limits,” she said. “After all, that’s what they’re there for.”

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Winners of last month’s quiz who will get a copy of Quality Gamebox:

Sabrina Bledsoe (Anderson Hardwood Floors)
Ron Kajewski (Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific Pty. Ltd.)
Mark Rogers (Hill Country Memorial)
Ray Salim (Arnold Magnetic Technologies)
Eddie Stanley (Federal-Mogul)
Filed under: PQ Systems eLine, Quality, Quality Quiz

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