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Title Ford Team Uses Six Sigma to Reduce Costs While Improving Environmental Impact
Author(s) Janet Jacobsen
Topic Data Analysis

Performance Improvement

Work Process Management

Abstract Performance metrics signaled increases in basecoat paint consumption at Ford’s vehicle operations center in Saarlouis, Germany. A cross-functional Six Sigma team was chartered to solve the problem using a DMAIC approach. Using a variety of quality tools, the team identified root causes before developing and testing potential solutions. By reducing paint expenditures, the team achieved a $2 million annual savings. Ford entered this project in ASQ’s 2011 International Team Excellence Award competition where it earned finalist honors.
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