Sustainable Manufacturing: Comparing Lean, Six Sigma, and Total Quality Manufacturing

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This white paper provides information on Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, and Total Quality Management (TQM). It takes a closer look at environmental and social decision making as part of a manufacturing organization’s sustainable strategy. Although each strategy has a different philosophical foundation and set of guiding principles, each is inherently concerned with improving product quality to drive customer satisfaction. Both Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma use established guidelines to analyze and assess how to improve the manufacturing process and decrease product defects in the production line. TQM is primarily focused on satisfying stakeholder expectations to increase company value. 

The paper provides information on:

  • How sustainability can improve manufacturing operations.
  • Lean, Six Sigma and TQM comparisons.
  • The philosophy, history, pros and cons, and some practical examples of sustainable manufacturing.

(39 pages)

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