Six-Sigma is a business improvement system that is built around the understanding of a customer’s requirements and is driven by the execution of carefully selected projects supported by a handful of powerful analytical tools. The Vicksburg Warren School District saw a need for improvement within their administrative department and the ISER helped educate and facilitate Six-Sigma tools and practices. Emily Salmon Wall, ISER research engineer, presented this research at the 2017 Conference for Systems Engineering Research.
Emily Salmon Wall and Drew Kelley, a research analyst at ERDC-ISER, completed the Black Belt Six Sigma training course offered by CAVS Extension in Canton, Mississippi. In June 2016, Salmon Wall and Kelley passed the certification exam and presented their project on improving the in-processing for new employees at ISER.
Emily Salmon Wall and Tonya McCall, an engineering project manager at CAVS-E, presented at the 2016 Defense Manufacturing Conference in Denver, Colorado on the Development of a Manufacturability Assessment Methodology and Metric. This research focused on creating an assessment to use for the improvement in cost, design and manufacturability of the product. It also aids in risk mitigation, reduction in time-to-market and provides a mechanism for trade off analysis.
FlexSim is a simulation software that is used to model, simulate, predict and visualize systems in manufacturing. This model was created by Emily Salmon and simulates a covered slab area in a shipbuilding manufacturing yard. The model predicts, based on statistics gathered during simulations, if 24 or 32 work spaces, serviced by three overhead cranes, will be needed.