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Six sigma approach to improve the painting process: a case study of a Malaysian vehicle assembly company

Abd. Rahman, Mohamed and Mohiuddin, A. K. M. and Hanani, Abdullah (2014) Six sigma approach to improve the painting process: a case study of a Malaysian vehicle assembly company. In: International Conference on Advances in Manufacturing and Materials Engineering 2014 (ICAMME 2014), 23rd - 25th September 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Painting is an important process in the automotive assembly to give more attractive appearance to the vehicles and to provide the layer of protection against corrosion and weathering. The study aimed to identify and analyze the factors affecting the quality of painting process at Company RST’s Paint Shop. The paint shop was unable to perform the painting process satisfactorily and deliver the painted vehicle bodies as per customer specifications. The study concentrated on the fiber defect detected at Top Coat Area as the major problem of paint deficiency. Using activities like Genba investigation, data collection, trials and data analysis, the root causes of the problem were identified. Six Sigma DMAIC approach was utilized in conducting the improvement activities. Through designed experiments conducted to determine the best parameter setting of the spray gun used in the painting process, it was found that 3.5 bars for air pressure and 450 ml/minutes for fluid delivery resulted in the lowest paint defect. The use of Six Sigma DMAIC approach had succeeded in helping the company to minimize paint fiber defect per unit (DPU) from 10 to less than 3 DPU. The results from the study have provided an insight on successful deployment of DMAIC through application of its various statistical tools and techniques, and as the systematic problem-solving framework on solving actual industrial issues such as automotive painting problem.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 3628/38894
Uncontrolled Keywords: Six Sigma, DMAIC, automotive assembly, painting process
Subjects: T Technology > TS Manufactures > TS155 Production management
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Engineering > Department of Mechanical Engineering
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. A K M Mohiuddin
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2014 04:36
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2014 04:36
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/38894

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