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GE 313 : SPC and Lean Manufacturing

Course Description:  This course provides the knowledge needed to effectively use Statistical Process Control (SPC). The relationship to quality costs, on-time delivery, concepts of variation, and an analysis of the organization-specific SPC applications will be introduced. Utilizing SPC to improve and maintain consistent production will be covered. The use of Lean manufacturing to shorten the time between the customer order and the product build/shipment by eliminating sources of waste will also be covered through the study of system performance, identification and elimination of waste, elimination of sources of variability, and a good understanding and use of the principles of operations management.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:  Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Identify practical occurrences of the seven wastes defined by Ohno, and recommend remedial actions.
  • Recognize and apply common engineering tools used in lean manufacturing.
  • Discuss management techniques necessary to implement lean manufacturing.
  • Plan, implement, and interpret management tools used in Statistical Quality Control.
  • Understand the implications of Engineering Tolerances as they relate to Manufacturing use of Statistical Process Control.


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SPC and Lean Manufacturing by Andrea Bearman and Roberta Gagnon is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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