Six Sigma: Advanced Tools for Black Belts and Master Black Belts

  • 7h 26m
  • Hong See Yam, Loon Ching Tang, Thong Ngee Goh, Timothy Yoap
  • John Wiley & Sons (UK)
  • 2006

Six Sigma is a widely used methodology for measuring and improving an organization’s operational performance through a rigorous analysis of its practices and systems. This book presents a series of papers providing a systematic ‘roadmap’ for implementing Six Sigma, following the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve and Control) phased approach. Motivated by actual problems, the authors offer insightful solutions to some of the most commonly encountered issues in Six Sigma projects, such as validation of normality, experimentation under constraints and statistical control of complex processes. They also include many examples and case studies to help readers learn how to apply the appropriate techniques to real-world problems.

Key features:

  • Provides a comprehensive introduction to Six Sigma, with a critical strategic assessment and a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis.
  • Presents some prominent design features of Six Sigma, and a newly proposed roadmap for healthcare delivery.
  • Sets out information on graphical tools, including fishbone diagrams, mind-maps, and reality trees.
  • Gives a thorough treatment of process capability analysis for non-normal data.
  • Discusses advanced tools for Six Sigma, such as statistical process control for autocorrelated data.

Consolidating valuable methodologies for process optimization and quality improvement, Six Sigma: Advanced Tools for Black Belts and Master Black Belts is a unique reference for practising engineers in the electronics, defence, communications and energy industries. It is also useful for graduate students taking courses in quality assurance.

About the Authors

Loon Ching Tang, Industrial & Systems Engineering Department, National University of Singapore.

Loon Ching Tang is currently Associate Professor at the Industrial & Systems Engineering Department, National University of Singapore. He has been lecturing at the University since 1992 and his research interests include design for Six Sigma, reliability testing and prediction for electronic products, and statistical methods for quality improvement. He is also Manager of the Graduate Programme, Leader of the Quality Engineering Research Group and Deputy Head of Research in the department. Alongside his work at the university, Professor Tang has consulted for companies such as Philips (DAP), Hewlett-Packard, and the Ministry of Defence. He has written over 50 journal articles, book chapters and edited and written for the publication Operational Research Applications in Singapore (Operational Research Society of Singapore).

Thong Nee Goh, Industrial & Systems Engineering Department, National University of Singapore.

Thong Nee Goh is currently Professor at the Industrial & Systems Engineering Department, National University of Singapore. His research interests include statistical techniques for high yield processes, experimental strategies for yield improvement of complex processes and application of Six Sigma methodologies. He also on the Editorial Board of a number of quality and reliability engineering journals, including Quality Reliability Engineering International (Wiley), and he authored the second most downloaded article in 2004: “AStrategic Assessment of Six Sigma”.

Hong See Yam, Six Sigma Director (Asia Pacific), Seagate Technology International

Timothy Yaop, Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Seagate Technology International

In this Book

  • Six Sigma—A Preamble
  • A Strategic Assessment of Six Sigma
  • Six Sigma SWOT
  • The Essence of Design for Six Sigma
  • Fortifying Six Sigma with OR/MS Tools
  • Process Variations and Their Estimates
  • Fishbone Diagrams vs. Mind Maps
  • Current and Future Reality Trees
  • Computing Process Capability Indices for Nonnormal Data—A Review and Comparative Study
  • Process Capability Analysis for Non-Normal Data with MINITAB
  • Goodness-of-Fit Tests for Normality
  • Introduction to the Analysis of Categorical Data
  • A Graphical Approach to Obtaining Confidence Limits of Cpk
  • Data Transformation for Geometrically Distributed Quality Characteristics
  • Development of A Moisture Soak Model For Surface Mounted Devices
  • A Glossary for Design of Experiments with Examples
  • Some Strategies for Experimentation under Operational Constraints
  • Taguchi Methods—Some Technical, Cultural and Pedagogical Perspectives
  • Economical Experimentation via ‘Lean Design’
  • A Unified Approach for Dual Response Surface Optimization
  • Establishing Cumulative Conformance Count Charts
  • Simultaneous Monitoring of the Mean, Variance and Autocorrelation Structure of Serially Correlated Processes
  • Statistical Process Control for Autocorrelated Processes—A Survey and An Innovative Approach
  • Cumulative Sum Charts with Fast Initial Response
  • CUSUM and Backward CUSUM for Autocorrelated Observations


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