Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

August 2012    |    Volume: 44    |    Number: 8

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

My Account    |     Create Login

A strategy for shorter breakdowns

A ‘mini’ Six Sigma approach can resolve downtime problems 

By Saso Krstovski and Ahad Ali

Stress levels are magnified considerably anytime there is an equipment breakdown. The normal practice for many companies is to have all levels of the organization, including management, skill trades, operators and others, get involved as quickly as possible so the issue can be resolved right away. During the crisis, everyone tends to voice their opinions on different solutions, and the option selected typically comes from the individual who has the most convincing idea. Sometimes this works, but at other times operators also apply the next suggested solution because the goal is to fix the equipment and get production back up and running.


You must be an IIE member to have full access to this content.  Please log in at the top right corner of this Web page.

IIE members visiting this site for the first time must register.  As part of this process you will create a user name and password. This is a one-time process that requires your member number.

If you are not a member, join IIE now and begin enjoying benefits immediately, including full access to Industrial Engineer magazine.