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Keeping Things Running

Summary: Testing construction equipment for wear and failure can be done by extracting oil samples from each component of a machine and analyzing it against a slew of variables. This analysis is then left for a human to read and write recommendations for maintenance. The human factor of this type of analysis means that the process is imperfect and can sometimes lead to equipment failure. Using the define, measure, analyze, improve and control (DMAIC) method, the human factor can be minimized greatly to produce more reliable results.

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  • Topics: Six Sigma
  • Keywords: DMAIC, Repeatability and reproducibility studies (R&R), Accuracy and precision, Equipment, Maintenance, Analysis
  • Author: Rich, Frederick A.; Kluse, Christopher
  • Journal: Six Sigma Forum Magazine