CEO and Founder of Valcon Design A/S, Denmark
Title: Six Theta(r) Design – Early-Stage Design Methodology for Achieving Predictable Product Performance
Biography: Janus Juul Rasmussen
The six sigma methodology is widely accepted as a strong tool to minimize variation in manufacturing processes and to achieve the intended functionality of a given engineering design. Minimization of variation can also be achieved by using robust design methodologies where focus is on developing engineering designs that are insensitive to geometrical variations, changes in ambient conditions, etc. However, existing robust design methodologies are often not applicable for early-stage engineering design. In this contribution, the Six Theta® Design methodology, which has been developed by the author, will be presented. Six Theta® Design is a set of tools and methods that help engineers design products with a predictable performance, ensuring that the functional performance is as intended. Six Theta® Design can also be used to evaluate and compare design quality based on fully objective, quantifiable criteria. Impact of Six Theta® Design compliant solutions include improved development speed with fewer design iterations, higher innovation height, vastly reduced production costs due to simplified designs with non-strict tolerance demands, and predictable performance of products in the field.