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Roadmap for product development based on design for six sigma method

Marta Gomes Francisco (Industrial and Systems Engineering Graduate Program – Polytechnic School – Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (PPGEPS/PUCPR), Curitiba, Brazil and Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Parana (IFPR), Parana, Brazil)
Osiris Canciglieri Junior (Industrial and Systems Engineering Graduate Program – Polytechnic School – Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (PPGEPS/PUCPR), Curitiba, Brazil)
Angelo Marcio Oliveira Santanna (Polytechnic School, Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil)

International Journal of Lean Six Sigma

ISSN: 2040-4166

Article publication date: 15 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The Design For Six Sigma (DFSS) methodology is one of the most important to achieving excellence in an organization’s product development process. This paper aims to propose a roadmap for product development based on the DFSS for the consumer durables manufacturing industries. The proposed roadmap presents a systematic approach to the phases of the product development process, integrating the statistical techniques and quality tools that should be used in each phase.

Design/methodology/approach

This study presents a detailed roadmap for product development, which was built by identifying gaps in the DFSS methods, based on previous studies on the subject. In this step, the opportunities are provided in all phases from creation to discontinuation of the product in the market. In addition, the roadmap presented was validated by team of stakeholders in the product development process of different industrial companies.

Findings

The proposed roadmap for the product development process based on six sigma design suggests a visual tool with sequential steps and techniques that allow you to follow the evolution of the development process from idea conception until the product is discontinued in the market. Identifying the priorities of organizations, especially the consumer, regarding the quality and reliability of the product.

Practical implications

The roadmap seeks to facilitate an understanding of the important stages of the product development process and to provide an approach to improving and optimizing the product before the manufacturing process step through the principles of DFSS methodology. This research provides a guide step by step to apply statistical techniques and quality tools in the product development process to achieve high quality and six sigma level in the manufacturing process.

Originality/value

The proposed roadmap of this research combines design for sigma and product development concepts, covering a wide spectrum of relevant activities that include the product development process, the application of statistical techniques and the design of high-quality durable consumer goods to match manufacturing technologies.

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Acknowledgements

The authors especially thank the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (PUCPR) for financial support and gratefully acknowledge the editor-in-chief and anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments and suggestions, which improved the paper’s quality.

Declarations of interest: The authors declare no known competing financial interests or personal relationships that could have appeared to influence the work reported in this paper.

Citation

Francisco, M.G., Canciglieri Junior, O. and Santanna, A.M.O. (2022), "Roadmap for product development based on design for six sigma method", International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJLSS-06-2022-0131

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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