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Project Leads to $1.65 Million Annual Savings

Summary: Tata Steel found itself unable to meet international market demands for the galvanized coils it manufactures at its in Jamshedpur, India location. A project to increase the speed of the two continuous galvanizing lines was initiated in order to meet this rising demand. Upper and lower specification limits for the speed factor were established to maintain quality and control costs. After tests determined the best fit distribution, process capability was calculated through defects per million opportunities methodology. Solutions determined through process flowcharts were implemented, resulting in a production increase of 620 tons per month and annual savings of $1.65 million.

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  • Topics: Global Quality, Process Management, Process Capability
  • Keywords: International case study,Manufacturing process,Process capability studies,Measurement system,Process improvement
  • Author: Dev, Soumish
  • Journal: Six Sigma Forum Magazine