The original MAIC version of Six Sigma was launched at GE in 1995. Within a couple of years after launch it was recognized that the Engineering Design community needed methods and tools that focused on achieving performance goals, reliability, and producibility, while meeting cost targets and reducing cycle time. Design for Six Sigma was born out of this need and has evolved into a company-wide approach integrated into many engineering design processes. The initiative has continued to grow over the last 15 years. This paper is an update to a paper the authors published in 2007. Many new learnings from the subsequent 5 years are being integrated into the prior version of the paper by the authors (Ref. 1).

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