Practical Application of DFSS with a Focus on Axiomatic Design - A Transmission Planetary Case Study 2004-01-0812
The objective of this paper is to present a simple and comprehensive integrated Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) approach to design robustness. The approach is hinged on conceptual components for axiomatic design, robust design and Six Sigma. An automatic transmission planetary case study is provided as an illustration vehicle. Specifically, this paper will explore the cascading process of functional requirements to design parameters and features while providing an initial robustness assessment against the common sources of variation. A Six Sigma design quality level is pursued as an objective. The approach presented in this paper represents a stream of development to achieve excellence by improving customer satisfaction through quality enhancement efforts. It can be viewed as a process with detailed steps needed to cast a complete understanding of how to achieve desired breakthrough design improvement. The method presented here relies heavily on the DFSS theory highlighted by Yang and El-Haik (2003).