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International Journal of Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage (2 papers in press)


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  • Applying Lean Six Sigma Methods to Improve Infectious Waste Management in Hospitals   Order a copy of this article
    by Nasim Nabiyouni, Matthew J. Franchetti 
    Abstract: This work encompasses optimizing red bag waste management program by using Lean Six-Sigma methodology in a Toledo area hospital. Essentially increasing value by decreasing defects and managing disposal frequency. The author conducted full process analysis of red bag waste management including the human factor, economic, environmental, assessments of entire process by implementing Lean Six Sigma approach. However numbers of papers have applied Lean Six Sigma method to improve quality factors in healthcare, no single publication has considered all areas that are covered in this study. The data illustrates proper disposal can minimize waste by 55 percent which would lead to a reduction of environmental impact and a cost savings for the healthcare facility.
    Keywords: Six sigma; Lean; Infectious waste management; Red bag waste.

  • Implementation of Lean Six Sigma Framework in a Large Scale Industry: a case study   Order a copy of this article
    by Rajeev Trehan, Ajay Gupta, Mohit Handa 
    Abstract: In the present competitive scenario most of the companies are usong improvement strategies like lean and six sigma for obtaining good quality products, reduction in overall cost and for enhancing availability of equipment. Lean and six sigma are two different tools which are used in combination for operational excellence. It provides a frame work for waste reduction and elimination of non-value added activities along with variability reduction tools. Lean tools reduce the waste and non-value adding activity and enhance the effectiveness of equipment, tools and machines. Six sigma tools helps in decision making based on data which finally reduce the variability in the process. In this case study, lean six sigma frame work is implemented to reduce the defects which occurred during the manufacturing process in a bulb manufacturing company in India. The framework used combines the lean as well as six sigma tools to mitigate the defects and increase the customer satisfaction.
    Keywords: Lean; Six sigma; Case study; Frame work.