OYAK BOLU CEMENT

Lean Six Sigma to improve a cement production process

Nationwide, companies in various industrial sectors are implementing Lean Six Sigma (LSS) in order to reduce the requirements and cost of production, to increase customer satisfaction and to improve product quality. LSS is not merely a business improvement tool; it is a philosophy that needs to be driven from the top team down if it is to generate the required levels of understanding and belief. The application of the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) phases of LSS to a “cement production process” is described in this article.

1 Introduction

The cement industry is known as one of the most energy-intensive industries, consuming a quarter of the total world energy. To combat the increasing energy and material costs, cement companies need profitable solutions to secure a competitive advantage.

Many industrial companies are searching for management methodologies that enable them to improve their products and/or service characteristics, perfect their processes, reduce costs, improve profitability and customer satisfaction. Lean Management and Six Sigma are the two accepted methodologies that underlay continuous...

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