Quality and Reliability Engineering International

Engineering Design for Six Sigma—a systematic approach

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While the concept of engineering design is well established and clearly defined, Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) is a relatively new concept aiming at Six Sigma performance by improved design activity. There are different engineering design models available in the literature which characterize design stages and thereby describe how engineering design activity can be systematized. The actual connection of DFSS with the more established contents of engineering design activity has been less emphasized in the literature. By reviewing the existing literature this paper clarifies the contributions of DFSS to the different stages of a systematic engineering design process. First engineering design models available in the literature are presented and the choice for one systematic design process is motivated. This process is then used as a reference for where and how DFSS contributions can take place. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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