By Mat Khaloobageri
DMAIC is a data-driven technique that improves engineering processes and stands for Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control. It is important that your company has a clear plan for achieving your goals when trying to improve a process.The DMAIC process’s main advantage is its structured but simple approach.
The DMAIC process is a five-phase strategy that can be used to improve a variety of engineering processes. Different phases of the DMAIC process are explained as follows:
Define: This first phase sets the context within which the Six Sigma project is to be performed.
Measure: This second phase is where the starting point metrics are recorded to baseline the current performance level and constraints of the process to be worked upon.
Analyze: The third phase reviews the metrics. Using a variety of tools one gains an understanding of the cause and effects within the system being looked at.
Improve: The fourth phase focuses on fully understanding the top causes identified in the analyze phase, with the intent of either controlling or eliminating those causes to achieve breakthrough performance. The overall theme for the improve phase is process redesign.
Control: The final phase is about sustaining the changes made in the improve phase to guarantee lasting results. The best controls are those that require no monitoring. Often times there are process setting, setup procedures,… that require employees to follow specific requirements in daily operations. These items are typically documented in a control plan.
Our experienced process engineers at Acetake Group can help you to improve your engineering processes and monitor the results and act accordingly.