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Definition

According to Satterlee (2013), “Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control (DMAIC) is a critical thinking approach behind lean six sigma (p. 226).

Satterlee, A. (2013). Organizational management: A Christian perspective (2nd ed.). Raleigh,

NC: Synergistics International.

Summary

Six Sigma has developed as a standout amongst the best business methodologies in large and small corporations around the world (Desai & Bhavikkumar, 2017, p. 431).  Six Sigma can be described as a metric and methodology for strategic administration and process change through the DMAIC cycle.   According to Desai and Bhavikkumar (2017), a study was conducted to explore the successful application of Six Sigma at a small and medium size plastic parts manufacturing unit (para. 1).  The results of the survey revealed DMAIC reduced cost, improved quality, reduced the rejection rate, and improved process flow at the manufacturing unit (Desai & Bhavikkumar, 2017).  Also, the study exhibited that DMAIC is a powerful tool that can be implemented in an organization’s critical components of its operations to improve competitive edge over counterparts.

Discussion

The Plastic Industry India Report (2104) listed “India as one of the most promising exporters of plastics among developing countries” (Desai & Bhavikkumar, 2017).  The plastics industry produces and exports a wide range of raw materials, plastic-molded extruded goods, polyester films, laminates, as well as a plethora of other plastic-based goods.  The purpose of introducing the Six Sigma DMAIC methodology to the injection molding process was to improve the quality of the parts that were produced as well as increase their quantity; this objective was achieved successfully.  The integration of this methodology strengthened understandings towards the variables about the injection molding process; as a result, quality details improved greatly.  This assignment has exhibited how Six Sigma can be applied to other processes and produce similar benefits.  The critical defects, such as short molding, contamination, injection point, and flash are reduced from the process, which resulted in annual cost savings.   

The DMAIC approach can be utilized in organizations to solve issues about manufacturing, services, and technology.  The continuous process improvement Six Sigma is a statistic based methodology that was used by Motorola in the 1980s and numerous Fortune 500 organizations to improve the performance of processes (Singh et al., 2017, para. 2).  It is an important process change driven by standards and practices directed at continuous improvement.  The DMAIC critical thinking technique is a guide that can be used to identify and correct mistakes and defects in an assembling or business process (Albliwi, Antony, & Lim, 2015). 

DMAIC can increase the life cycles of products and reduce their costs.  The DMAIC methodology provides answers to the following questions:  define- what is the specific problem of the business; measure- what is the current performance; analyze- what are the issues that raise the potential business problem; improve- how can the issue be controlled or eliminated; and control- can the controlled issue be sustained? (Albliwi et al. 2015).

Tools and techniques used as part of DMAIC’s problem-solving strategy are cause and effect diagram, Pareto charts, boxplot, histogram, run chart, and descriptive statistics (Albliwi et al. 2015).   These tools and techniques are used in almost all of the cases under the DMAIC methodology.  Albliwi et al. 2015 noted, “due to the heavy statistic and complexity of the tools and techniques most organizations avoid deploying Six Sigma” (p. 697).    

Biblical integration

Proverbs 14:22 says “if you plan to do evil, you will be lost; if you plan to do good, you will receive unfailing love and faithfulness.”  Here God is demonstrating the importance of planning. 

According to this verse, we must plan to do good, not evil.  This verse connects with DMAIC because we cannot succeed in life without following a specific plan.  Keeping in mind the end goal to be more like Christ, one must create a checklist of the steps it will take to change and list current issues that hinder one’s ability to do right and figure out how to avoid those situations.     

References

Albliwi, S. A., Antony, J., & Lim, S. A. h. (2015). A systematic review of lean six sigma for the manufacturing industry. Business Process Management Journal, 21(3), 665-691. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.liberty.edu/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.liberty.edu/docview/1683512983?accountid=12085

Darshak, D., & Bhavikkumar, N. P., (2017) “Competitive advantage through Six Sigma at plastic injection molded parts manufacturing unit: A case study,” International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, Vol. 8 Issue: 4, pp.411-435, https://doi-org.ezproxy.liberty.edu/10.1108/IJLSS-06-2016-0022

Singh, J., Singh, H., & Pandher, R. P. S. (2017). Role of DMAIC approach in manufacturing unit: A case study. IUP Journal of Operations Management, 16(4), 52-67. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.liberty.edu/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.liberty.edu/docview/1981297758?accountid=12085

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