Implementing lean six sigma: A case study in concrete panel production

Celep Oguz, Yong Woo Kim, John Hutchison, Seungheon Han

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Abstract

Lean Six Sigma method is recognized widely and has been implemented predominately in manufacturing rather than in the construction industry. To illustrate the point, this paper draws attention to the adoption of Lean Six Sigma in the construction industry with a case study. The combination of Lean tools and Six Sigma methodology is used on projects to improve the process by eliminating the variations and creating workflow in a process. Despite its relatively new introduction to the construction industry, it has been popularized by several organizations and adopted as the primary improvement process. The hypothesis of this experimental study was that the Six Sigma technique can be applied to the construction-based production system along with lean construction techniques. To test the hypothesis, we applied Lean Six Sigma methods on concretepanel production system in a multi-housing complex project. The paper shows how the production rate of concrete panel was improved and stabilized along with the use of Lean Six Sigma tools. Also the case study uses the variation of panel production as a critical total quality (CTQ) to measure the performance indicator of Six Sigma system.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec 1
Event20th Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, IGLC 2012 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 2012 Jul 172012 Jul 22

Other

Other20th Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, IGLC 2012
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period12/7/1712/7/22

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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    Oguz, C., Kim, Y. W., Hutchison, J., & Han, S. (2012). Implementing lean six sigma: A case study in concrete panel production. Paper presented at 20th Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, IGLC 2012, San Diego, CA, United States.