Case Study on Improving Overhaul Performance of CAT 3412 Marine Engine by Six Sigma Program

Authors(3) :-Chin-Chiuan Lin, Chang-Jiang Lee, Liang-Yu Chueh

Present study developed improving steps of overhaul process of CAT 3412 marine engine which conducted by Six Sigma program. The research procedure includes four stages: analyze the current status, establish improve steps, implement improve step, and confirm improved status after implement improve step. The wastes of overhaul plant was confirmed and the improving steps was established after analyze the current status. After implement the improving steps, the overhaul workforce efficiency was increased about 14% and increased about 4% of profit. The results were confirmed that the overhaul performance of marine engine can be improved by the improving steps which conducted by six sigma program.

Authors and Affiliations

Chin-Chiuan Lin
Professor of Department of Business Administration, Kun Shan University, Tainan, Taiwan
Chang-Jiang Lee
General Manager of Capital Machinery Limited Co., Tainan City, Taiwan
Liang-Yu Chueh
Manager of Overhaul Department of Capital Machinery Limited Co., Tainan City, Taiwan

Overhaul Performance, Marine Engine, Six Sigma Program.

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Publication Details

Published in : Volume 1 | Issue 2 | May-June 2015
Date of Publication : 2015-07-25
License:  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Page(s) : 85-89
Manuscript Number : IJSRST151226
Publisher : Technoscience Academy

Print ISSN : 2395-6011, Online ISSN : 2395-602X

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Chin-Chiuan Lin, Chang-Jiang Lee, Liang-Yu Chueh, " Case Study on Improving Overhaul Performance of CAT 3412 Marine Engine by Six Sigma Program ", International Journal of Scientific Research in Science and Technology(IJSRST), Print ISSN : 2395-6011, Online ISSN : 2395-602X, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.85-89, May-June-2015.
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