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International Journal of Manufacturing Engineering
Volume 2016, Article ID 3848103, 8 pages
Research Article

Designing a Test Fixture with DFSS Methodology

Systems Engineering Program, College of Engineering, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA, USA

Received 31 July 2016; Revised 28 November 2016; Accepted 30 November 2016

Academic Editor: Godfrey C. Onwubolu

Copyright © 2016 Charles G. Kibbe et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper addresses the application of Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) methodology to the design of a marine riser joint hydraulic line test fixture. The original test fixture was evaluated using Value Steam Mapping (VSM) and appropriate Lean design tools such as 3D Modeling and Finite Element Analysis (FEA). A new test fixture was developed which resulted in improving the process cycle efficiency for the test from 25% to 50% percent, leading to a 50% reduction in test cost. Handling of the new test fixture is greatly improved as compared to the original fixture.