DMAIC in the grain industry: The define phase

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    Publisher Milling & Grain
    Year of publication 2019 June

    Medium Digital

    Economics & commerce > Feeding the World
    Economics & commerce > Trade, transport and distribution


    Scope & contentGustavo Sosa

    DMAIC is an acronym that stands for Define, Measure, Analyse, Implement, and Control. This is the central concept in Six Sigma. It defines a virtuous cycle that generates gradual improvement.

    What do you want to do in your company? Make money? Ok, then you have two alternatives.

    Increase sales. Cut costs.

    Increasing sales in a grain elevator is difficult, if not impossible. You are limited, physically, by the space you have. In a mill it is much easier, but the thing is that we are dealing with commodities here. For the consumer, a kilogramme of your flour is just like a kilogramme of your competitor. He will choose based on price. In order to increase sales, you have to decrease price (if it isn’t regulated) and the only way to do that is through margins or costs reductions. If you operate in a market economy, your margin is already minimum. Then the only option is B.... Read more.


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