Enigma of 'Six Sigma' for foundry SMEs in India: a case study

  • Bikram Jit Singh, Dinesh Khanduja
  • International Journal of Engineering Management and Economics, January 2011, Inderscience Publishers
  • DOI: 10.1504/ijeme.2011.039614

Enigma of 'Six Sigma' for foundry SMEs

Photo by Donald Giannatti on Unsplash

Photo by Donald Giannatti on Unsplash

What is it about?

Six Sigma provides the opportunity and discipline to eliminate mistakes, improve morale, and save money (Henderson and Evans, 2000).

Why is it important?

The study focuses on scrap reduction in foundries and tries to find out the reasons of low productivity index. It also tends to shatter the various phobias of SMEs in the context of Six Sigma concepts and its implementation by validating the compatibility of it by performing a case study in an Indian foundry itself.


Dr Bikram Jit Singh
MMDU Mullana

Doing things right in the first time and keeping them consistently is the only idea behind Six Sigma. Its fundamental objective is to achieve customer satisfaction with continuous improvement in quality. An empirical investigation has been carried out in a make-to-order type (medium-sized) foundry, in which a modified Six Sigma approach DMAIC(S) has been implemented successfully, to decrease the scrap (or defects) of piston castings appreciably.

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