Challenge :

The liberal economic policy of globalisation has, for the first time, exposed the Indian industry to global competition as has never been done before. Large multinationals are purchasing hefty equity stakes in large Indian companies, revamping and restructuring them to suit their own product ranges. The liberal economic policy has thus thrown a challenge - to produce world class quality products at globally competitive prices.

India :

The Indian industry desperately requires Product Design to optimise the thousands of existing products and processes. The industry could be saved by focusing on Product Design and must improve the quality of its products and simultaneously reduce their costs drastically through product (process) design optimisation. It must do this quickly!

Taguchi Method :

Taguchi Method is a new engineering design optimisation methodology that improves the quality of existing products and processes and simultaneously reduces their costs very rapidly, with minimum engineering resources and development man-hours. The Taguchi Method achieves this by making the product or process performance "insensitive" to variations in factors such as materials, manufacturing equipment, workmanship and operating conditions. Taguchi method makes the product or process robust and therefore is also called as ROBUST DESIGN.

Taguchi Method is an appropriate solution :

It attacks existing products and processes with a high success rate.

Engineering Tool and NOT a Management Tool:

Taguchi method is an experimental engineering tool and hence the success of its application does not depend on the company environment - cultural changes are not really required.

Taguchi Method and ISO-9000:

The ISO-9000 aims at improving the capability of an organisation as a whole to manufacture products to specified technical specification and quality standards and to deliver them to the customer on time. Taguchi Method, on the other hand, attacks the product design itself. Through product and process design optimisation it improves product quality and reduces costs drastically. Taguchi Method and ISO-9000 thus complement each other.

Course Objective:

The course objective is to explain the basic philosophy of Taguchi method, principles of quality engineering, its applications and economic benefits, its relevance to Indian industry, its successful application in India through presentation of case studies. Course aims at motivating the industry to learn to apply this important method for improving the product / process quality and reap the economic benefits.

What do you gain:

Training in Taguchi Method will help engineers in "How To"

    1. Evaluate changes in process operations
    2. Set up new processes
    3. Compare two or more process techniques
    4. Select,  accept or commission new equipment
    5. Compare two or more pieces of equipment
    6. Evalaute (new) materials
    7. Select vendors (by evaluating their materials)

The quality of materials and chemicals used in manufacturing is very important to making quality products. Therefore, the vendors should be introduced to the on-line and off-line Taguchi methods.

Who should attend:

Directors, Vice Presidents, General Managers, Managers, Senior Engineers concerned with technical matters such as quality, design and development, manufacturing, production in any industry.

Duration of Course:

This will be a 1-Day to 5-Day Course with 8 hours a day of lectures and computer software demonstrations.

Course handouts:

There are no course notes as such. One B/W copy of overhead transparencies will be provided to the organisers (for making requisite number of copies for distribution to the participants). The text book, which is an excellent reference for the subject, is

                    M.S. Phadke

"Quality Engineering using Robust Design"

                Prentice Hall (1989)

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