Neuromodulator Device Scrap Reduction Using DMAIC Methodology
Fuentes Cruz, Ismael
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This research project was focused in the Scrap reduction in a final electrical test area of a medical device company. The scrap is defined as the number of dollars per units resulting from the cost of rejected units coming out of a process divided by the number of units which are released successfully. Only good units (no retest & rework allowed) are counted as coming out of an individual process. In order to reduce the Scrap, the DMAIC methodology was used . DMAIC is an acronym for a series of steps used to measure defects in business processes and improve profitability. The term DMAIC stands for the five main steps in the process: Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control. This research seeks to reduce the Scrap on this manufacturing area where the neuromodulator device is finally verified electrically. This is important for the process because it will reduce unnecessary Scrap related to this false failure. DMAIC methodology brings a structure and the tool to identify and solve the problem. In this case, reduce the Scrap in a medical device company. Key Terms – Cost-Saving, DMAIC, Quality, Scrap.