Beyond the Buzzwords: Applications of Machine Learning in Lean Six Sigma

Presenter: Cheryl Pammer, Sr. Advisory User Experience Designer, Minitab, Inc., San Diego, CA, USA

Co-Presenter: Charles Harrison, Statistician, Minitab, Inc. San Diego, CA, USA

Keywords: Machine Learning, Predictive Modeling, Preventative Maintenance

Industry: Automotive, Chemical, Manufacturing

Level: Intermediate


As we collect more and more observational data from our processes, we need new tools to provide meaningful insights into this information. We will discuss how to use modern-day machine learning techniques, such as Classification and Regression Trees (CART), alongside traditional lean six sigma tools to analyze, improve, and control your processes.

Through the use of case studies based on real experiences, you will learn the basics around machine learning techniques and move beyond classical regression analysis to build predictive models that extract value from complex datasets.

In the first case study, you will learn how to quickly detect the root cause of an out-of-control process condition when no assignable cause is immediately apparent. Specifically, we will use machine learning techniques to determine which variables are the largest contributors to the process drifting out of control and then improve the process using this information.

In the second case study, you will see how to use data from machine sensors to predict when failures are likely to occur. This information is then used during the project’s control phase as part of a preventative maintenance plan.

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January 31, 2019
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Tuesday, March 12, 2019,
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Conference Chair's Message 

Joel Smith

Continuous Improvement is not just something a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) practitioner leads their organization in practicing, but is also a core competency of their professional makeup. That is why more and more innovative and leading companies are looking for leaders that use the LSS way of thinking in everything they do within their organization.

In this era of data science and machine learning, the ability to connect the dots for end to end solutions across the boundaries of people, process and systems is the key to success. This year’s conference is focused on making sure we are “continuing” our journey as practitioners. Whatever your level of experience, you will learn new concepts, new perspectives and network with the best in the industry.