TOM 401 - Problem Solutions - W11

TOM 401 - Problem Solutions - W11 - Chapter 8 Performance...

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Chapter 8 – Performance Measurement and Information Management 1. The rate of baggage mishandling reported by the Department of Transportation in the United States was 3.75 per 1,000 passengers. If the average number of checked bags per passenger is now 1.3, how many defects per million opportunities (DPMO) does this represent? How does this compare with the rate given in the chapter – better or worse? Answer 1. dpmo = (Number of defects discovered) /opportunities for error x 1,000,000 Thus, a defect rate of 3.75 per 1,000 is equivalent to 3,750 dpmo if each passenger only had one bag. However, customers may have different numbers of bags; thus the number of opportunities for error must be based on the average number of bags per customer. If the average number of bags per customer is 1.3, and the airline recorded 3.75 lost bags for 1000 passengers in a month, then dpmo = 3.75/[1,000)(1.3)] x 1,000,000 = 2884.6 This number is considerably worse than the 234.375 hypothesized in the body of the chapter. Chapter 11 – Six Sigma and Process Improvement 2. During one month, 35 preflight inspections were performed on an airplane at Southstar Airlines. Nine nonconformances were noted. Each inspection checks 30 items. What sigma level does Southstar maintain if this incidence of nonconformance is typical of their entire fleet of airplanes? Answer To calculate the dpmo, we use 9/35 to get the number of defects per unit (DPU’s). However, 30 opportunities per aircraft checked must be taken into consideration, as shown, in order to calculate dpmo. dpmo = (18/35) X 1,000,000/30 = 8571.4, which is less than 4 sigma with off centering of 1.5 sigma. 3. Over the last year 1,054 injections were administered at the Fairhealth clinic. Quality is measured by the proper amount of dosage as well as the correct drug. In two instances, the incorrect amount was given, and in one case, the wrong drug was given. At what sigma level is Fairhealth’s process? Answer We use 3/1054 to get the number of defects per unit (DPU’s). However, there are 2 opportunities per injection (wrong drug, wrong dosage) to make an error. They must be considered, in order to calculate dpmo. dpmo = (3/1054) X 1,000,000/2 = 1423.1, which is slightly less than 4.5 sigma with off centering of 1.5 sigma.
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Chapter 12 – Design for Quality and Product Excellence 8. A team was formed to study the dishwasher part at PlataLimpia, Inc. described in Problem 7. While continuing to work to find the root cause of scrap, they found a way to reduce the scrap cost to $10 per part. a. Determine the Taguchi loss function for this situation. b. If the process deviation from target can be held at 0.015 cm, what is the Taguchi loss? Answer
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This note was uploaded on 10/19/2011 for the course TOM 401 taught by Professor Knox during the Spring '11 term at Cal Poly Pomona.

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