Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers' Association

Six Sigma Project

Six-sigma Project on Coolant/Chip System Improvement – Batch 1Six Sigma 1

In order to strengthen the supply chain of Indian machine tool industry, IMTMA organized a formal program focused at “performance of the coolant & swarf management on machine tools” through Six-sigma approach during May/ June 2011. 

The program has been conducted under the guidance of Prof. A. K. Chaudhuri, M/s. ADAAP Process Solutions Private Limited, Bangalore. Prof. Chaudhuri, an eminent scholar and authority in the quality sphere is widely respected for his work with industry in India and abroad. 

Participating machine tool companies:
1)    Ace Designers (Bangalore)
2)    AMS (Bangalore)
3)    BFW (Bangalore)
4)    Filcon Systems (Hubli)Six Sigma 2
5)    MGTL (Bangalore)
6)    Miven Mayfran (Hubli)
7)    Rajamane Industries (Bangalore)
8)    Kennametal India Limited (Bangalore)

  • Interactive meeting with senior management before starting off the programme.
  •  Each participating company has identified one project covering various problems faced on coolant systems and details of which were discussed and analyzed by Prof. Chaudhuri to arrive at common solution.  
  • Four phases of training on the six-sigma process, followed by the actual work to be done on this project such as data collection, analysis, and solution generation.
  • Visit to the participating company by Prof AKC to interact with the team and other members who are responsible for the project at the plant including senior management.
  • Project review and presentation to complete the project
  • Examination and final presentation to Senior management
  • To derive the design guidelines for the company and to share with the industry as a generic solution if willing to share 
  • Interested companies to go for next project applying the technique

Total number of days of the program: 17 days (overall)

Senior Management Presentation (17th March 2012)Six sigma 3

  1. All the six teams presented the details of their project
  2. They also presented the results achieved and shared their experiences.
  3. The following points emerged :
    - Successful Six Sigma project would  produce statistically significant improvements in a process
    - For the success of the project,  the involvement of top management is absolutely essential

    - As many more such projects produce virtually defect-free performance, decided to take further six sigma projects

    - Each company who participated in the batch 1 programme, will identify minimum 3 projects and out of which one will be a common for IMTMA to chalk out the next 6 sigma program

    - To popularize this initiative, further, and to create interest in other companies to join for future projects, it was proposed to present the success stories of one or two of these companies in forthcoming Machine Tool Summit being held in May 2012

    - To bring out the manuals/Guidelines for coolant/chip systems and telescopic covers

    - To chalk out the 6 sigma programme for 2012-13 in consultation with Prof. Chaudhuri, Mr. Shirgurkar and Mr. N.K Dhand.

    - To hold Design for Six Sigma programme
  4. Suggestion for  new Six sigma projects :
    - Telescopic guards related issues

    - Electrical related issues

    - Panel AC chillers related issues

    - Hydraulic leakage issues

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