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Creating a Data Driven Culture of Thinking: The X of Y=f(x) + N (PART 2)

4/22/2022 - BY: ANTHONY WELSH
Continuing this series, let's begin investigating the right side of the equation. An X is an input, also known as an independent variable, or a factor we can manipulate. Some examples include a dial or setting on the machine, a material property, this profile vs. that profile, the proportions of ingredients, etc. In the equation Y=f(x) + N, X is distinguished from N because it’s controllable where N is something we can’t control. We’ll cover noises in the next article.

Creating a Data Driven Culture of Thinking: The Y of Y=f(x) + N

4/8/2022 - BY: ANTHONY WELSH
Last month, we discussed the idea of creating a data driven culture of thinking by using the mathematical formula Y=f(x) + N. Let’s dig a little deeper on the left side of the equation, the Y. The Y is the output, also known as the response variable. It must be something specific so we can collect data about its performance on each individual outcome of the process or product. If we (or the customer) value something, we must measure it.

Creating a Data Driven Culture of Thinking

3/4/2022 - BY: ANTHONY WELSH
Can a simple mathematical formula create a culture to drive improvement within the organization? Over the course of four articles, I think you’ll see that more predictable results and ongoing customer satisfaction can be obtained through critical thinking and data. The formula, I am referring to is Y = f(x) + N.

Mastering Designed Experimentation

10/15/2021 - BY: ANTHONY WELSH
If you've already begun your journey as an experimenter, have you found yourself asking, "What comes next?" In this follow-up to the previous blog, Entering the World of Designed Experimentation, we will continue the conversation and build a case for additional learning and practice in these experimental methods to hone your skills.

Entering the World of Designed Experimentation

5/21/2021 - BY: ANTHONY WELSH
What comes to mind when you hear "The Scientific Method"? I'd like to offer a simple definition: The method we use to find things out. In other words, it’s how we increase our knowledge about a given system. In any situation, if you've truly increased your knowledge sufficiently, you should be able to describe the problem and solution using numbers. Think about your last completed project...

Triumphs Through Transactional Six Sigma

4/3/2020 - BY: CHUCK WERNER
First introduced in the 1980s as a descendant of much older statistical tools, then polished and (some would say) nearly perfected in the 1990s, the Six Sigma methodology has driven process improvement on manufacturing floors around the globe for decades. But what about the carpet side of the business?

When Lean and Six Sigma Meet Industry 4.0

1/25/2019 - BY: ANNA STEFOS 
Each day, more manufacturers are implementing new technologies in their facilities in efforts to improve operations, boost efficiency and increase profitability. However, many are still trying to figure out how to best approach these new technologies and what they will look like for their business. One way to better understand how to achieve a “smart” factory is to think of it in the context of Lean Six Sigma.

Is Lean Six Sigma Right for You?

5/18/2018 - BY: ANNA STEFOS
A few weeks ago, The Center’s Brian Mamo wrote about great food pairings as a way to define the combination of “sales” and “marketing” into “smarketing.” An equally dynamic pairing provides manufacturers with valuable tools for reducing waste and improving quality as well as efficiency: Lean and Six Sigma.

Path to Plant Layout Optimization

9/22/2017 - BY: RUSS MASON
Reconsidering your facility’s layout will enable your business to reduce material handling costs, minimize space requirements, and reduce energy bills. Whether you’re relocating completely or simply re-arranging your current set-up, there are several goals to keep in mind.

Process Mapping: Addressing the Elephant in the Room

6/23/2017 - BY: CHUCK WERNER
When teaching a new group of Continuous Improvement (Lean and/or Six Sigma) students, it’s always critical to emphasize the importance of the first “team” activity of any project or kaizen— the process map. There are many benefits to process mapping. One is its highly visual nature.

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