E6S-108 Lean Six Sigma, Parachutes, and the Blind, - It's a Fact, but Not an Obstacle!

Intro:  Welcome to the E6S-Methods podcast with Jacob and Aaron, your weekly dose of tips and tricks to achieve excellent performance in your business and career.  Join us as we explore deeper into the practical worlds of Lean, Six Sigma, Project Management and Design Thinking.  In this episode number 108, we speak with practitioners Hussain Abuialkhar and Faisal Aldawood as they share their work with the Industries of the Blind to reduce manufacturing variation in military parachute bags. "Lean Six Sigma, Parachutes, and the Blind: It's a Fact, but Not an Obstacle!"  Here we go. http://bit.ly/E6S-108; Leave a Review! http://bit.ly/E6S-iTunes

I            Introduction

a.       Who are Hussain AbualkhairandFaisal Aldawood? (Biography and picture)

i.      Hussain Abualkhair

1.      Received the Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University in Dec 2014. Currently, he is a Master of Science student in Industrial and System Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University. In addition, he is a Master of Business Administration student at the same university, and he is expected to graduate in December 2016. His current research is focused on managing volunteer convergence at disaster relief centers. Hussain has been certified Six Sigma Green Belt in March 2015, and he is expected to be certified Six Sigma Black Belt by December 2016.

2.      hfabualk@aggies.ncat.edu

3.      https://www.linkedin.com/in/habualkhair

ii.      Faisal Aldawood

1.       Master Candidate in Industrial & System Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University. He is expected to graduate in May 2016. He received the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in May 2012. He had several internships opportunities in Accounting, Project Management, Risk Management, and Project Coordination. He has been a Six Sigma Green Belt since November 2014. Currently, Mr. Faisal’s current research is about manufacturing an Electron Bolus for Breast Cancer Patients by using the 3D Printing Technology.

2.      Fkaldawo@aggies.ncat.edu

3.      https://www.linkedin.com/in/faisal-aldawood-185029107

b.      North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University; Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

II         Project: Identifying Variations in the Manufacturing of Parachute Bags; October 02, 2015

a.       IOB started with 6 people in 1933 - http://www.industriesoftheblind.com/

b.       “ it’s a fact but it’s not an obstacle”


c.       Business Case: Loss caused to the organization because of variations occurred in the manufacturing of the military’s parachute bags.

d.      Goal: Reduce variation. Minimize number of non-blind operators.

e.       Scope: The Four Point Stitch Process


III      Problem Tracking: 4 pt. Stitch Handles

IV      Data Collection Plan

VI      Root Cause Brainstorming – Fishbone Diagram

VII   Analyze: Variationhighly correlated with “Day”


VIII                      Narrowed Root Causes

a.       Operator Accuracy -How did this correlate with “Day?”

b.       Standard Operating Procedures

IX      Proposed Solution Options:

a.       Redesign process fixturing. - Operator can make the stitch by feel with the fixture

b.      Add Machines – Dedicated stitch types

c.       Keep the current process.  Mark the specifications limits in the stitching table.

X         What sort of challenges did you face in this project?

XI      Any other questions I forgot to ask?

XII   How can the listeners contact you?

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