PLANEJAMENTO DO PREPARO DO SOLO POR MEIO DO DESDOBRAMENTO DA FUNÇÃO QUALIDADE (QFD)

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Planning soil tillage using QFD

PLANNING SOIL TILLAGE USING QUALITY

1 FUNCTION DEPLOYMENT (QFD)

  2 3 1 Marcos Milan *; José Wandmark Duarte Barros ; José Luiz Gava 2 USP/ESALQ - Depto. de Engenharia Rural, C.P.9 - 13.418-900 - Piracicaba, SP - Brasil. 3 EAFS - 5700-200 - Satuba, AL - Brasil.

  

Companhia Susano de Papel e Celulose - Rod. Raposo Tavares, km 169 - 18200-000 - Itapetininga, SP - Brasil.

  • *Corresponding author <macmilan@esalq.usp.br>

  

ABSTRACT: The Brazilian forest sector represents about 4% of gross domestic product (GDP) which is

correspondent to US$ 21.0 billion. The natural forest area is approximately 4.8 million hectares and for the

near future there will be a need to increase the planted area. To avoid or minimize the impact of mechanized

practices on forest soils, the reduced tillage has been developed. The aim of this work is to define the technical

priorities of the reduced tillage for eucalyptus seedlings, using quality function deployment (QDF). The

design requirements classified as the most important to attend seedling demands were the furrow width and

depth, and clod sizes. QFD has the potential to be applied to agro-forestry systems to translate plant demands

into technical requirements. Key words: QFD, quality, mechanization, soil tillage, forestry

  

PLANEJAMENTO DO PREPARO DO SOLO POR MEIO DO

DESDOBRAMENTO DA FUNđấO QUALIDADE (QFD)

RESUMO: O setor florestal brasileiro representa aproximadamente 4% do produto interno bruto, valor estimado

em US$ 21 bilhões. As florestas denominadas artificiais, ocupam ao redor de 4,8 milhões de hectares sendo

previsto uma necessidade de ampliação para atender a demanda futura, além do replantio das áreas cohidas.

Uma das preocupações com essas áreas é evitar a compactação do solo devido as operações mecanizadas e

uma das técnicas é o preparo reduzido. O objetivo deste trabalho é definir as prioridades do preparo do solo

de acordo com as necessidades da muda de eucaliptus; para tanto utilizou-se da função desdobramento da

qualidade (QFD) para identificá-las. Os requisitos técnicos largura e profundidade do sulco e tamanho dos

torrões foram os mais importantes para atender as demandas das mudas. O QFD é uma técnica que tem

potencial de aplicação, tanto na área florestal como agrícola, para identificar e traduzir as demandas das

culturas em requisitos técnicos. Palavras-chave: QFD, qualidade, mecanização, preparo do solo, floresta

  area will be located at places where machinery and

  INTRODUCTION

  truck traffic may cause soil compactation and conse- The Brazilian natural forest sector has great eco- quently reduce forest productivity (Seixas, 2000). nomical importance for the country. The sector repre- To avoid or to reduce the impact of mechanized sents about 4% of gross domestic product (GDP) which management practices on forest soils the reduced tillage corresponds to US$21 billion or 8% of the exports. It concept is being adopted. To evaluate the operation qual- pays US$ 3 billion in taxes per year and accounts for 2 ity, an index should be developed. The index “depth” million jobs, both direct and indirect. The planted pinus was used by Corrêa et al. (1991) to evaluate the quality area comprises approximately 1.8 million hectares, and of the subsoiling operation, and by Trindad (1993) for eucalyptus 3.0 million (Garlipp, 2001). Together, they harrowing. This operation was also evaluated by equal the sugarcane planted area, approximately 4.86 Dallmeyer (1994), Boller et al. (1995) and Milan & million hectares, Brazil being the largest producer

  Fernandes (2002) using clod sizes. Nevertheless, before (Cunali de Felippe, 2001). developing an index it is necessary to define “WHAT”

  The reduction of the wood stock in Brazil fore- plants demand from the operation, “HOW” and seen for the year 2006 demands an enlargement of the “WHICH” items are the most important to supply the natural forest planted area to 630 thousand ha per year technical demands, and only then defining the quality in- (Garlipp, 2001). Currently nowadays Pinus and Euca- dex and the available ways to perform it.

  

lyptus spp. correspond to 200 thousand hectares planted The industrial concept of “listening to customer’s

  per year, which is much less than necessary. Part of this demands” started in the 1960's in Japan. It was created

  

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  and developed by Akao, between 1960 and 1965, and was called Quality Function Deployment - QFD (Cheng et al, 1995). QFD is defined by Akao (1990) and by the Ameri- can Society for Quality-ASQ (2001) as a method to de- velop the quality aiming customers satisfaction, translat- ing his demands into project objectives and reassuring the quality through manufacturing stages. The method sup- plies the means for people of different assignments to par- ticipate in the resolution of some problems, implying that all the company staff should cooperate, interacting to as- sist the internal or external customer on his demands (Hauser & Clausing, 1988). The major point of QFD is the chart named “house of quality” where the customer demands on “WHAT” are translated into design charac- teristics, “HOW” into the basis of market research and past experiences, and “WHY” into scores (Govers, 2001). Considering Eucalyptus spp. seedlings as customers, which have their soil requirements for growth, the pur- pose of this work is to define the technical priorities of the subsoiling operation, used in the reduced tillage to attend seedlings, introducing QFD concepts.

  The general method for the development of this work was an adaptation of Akao’s (1990) proposal. It con- sists on identifying demands of Eucalyptus spp. seedlings which is the customer of tillage operations, and to sched- ule them using the “house of quality.” To obtain the seed- lings demands and translate then into design characteris- tics, a series of meetings with a team of experts was per- formed. The team was composed of seven technicians who work in a natural forest cellulose and paper indus- try of the state of São Paulo, Brazil. The meetings were coordinated by an external member, called facilitator. The facilitator is responsible for the orientation and the col- lection of the information for the construction of the “house of quality”. An outline is presented in the Figure 1, and is used as base for methodologic description.

  The first stage was to define, organize and clas- sify the items “WHAT” (Figure 1) of the demanded qual- ity by seedlings. The team was requested, through the “brain writing” technique, to answer the question “What are the demands of the Eucalyptus spp. seedlings related to the reduced tillage using a subsoiler implement?” Items i1 to im were defined, organized and classified in the form of a tree diagram of horizontal branches with the techni- cal support of the facilitator. The following step was to know how the products of the competitors matched up to the customer requirements, as compared to the orga- nization product through the definition of the Importance Rating and Competitive Benchmarking “WHY”.

  The Importance Rating for each item “WHAT”, i1 to im, was classified by the team using weights from 1 (low) to 5 (high). The Comparative Benchmarking was made by the comparison of a forest site named NF5 against forest sites NF4A and NF6. For each item “WHAT” regarding the forest sites NF5, NF4A and NF6, scores from 0 to 5 were given according to Akao (1990). The Importance Rating means how each item “WHAT” is priority for the seedling. The Competitive Benchmarking shows how the seedling is satisfied with the characteristics of the forest site NF5 in comparison to competitors NF4A and NF6. At this stage, the Planned Quality is determined, representing the improvement re- quired to reach NF5 for each item, according to the evalu- ation team.

MATERIAL AND METHODS

  The next step was to define the design require- ments that result from the translation of customer require- ments into technical specifications. At this stage the team Figure 1 - The “House of Quality” basic structure.

  Weak j1 j2 j3 jn (a) (b)

i1 R1,1 R1,2 R1,3 R1,n

i2 R2,1 R2,2 R2,3 R2,n

i3 R3,1 R3,2 R3,3 R3,n

i4 R4,1 R4,2 R4,3 R4,n

im Rm,1 Rm,2 Rm,3 Rm,n

Strong

  Medium Demanded Quality: Item "WHAT"

  Design requirements: Item "HOW" Planned Quality Importance rating

  Competitive Benchmark Ranking Relative weight: item "HOW" Relation Matrix:

  R(i x j) j1j2 j2j3 j3jn j1j3 j2jn j1jn

  Correlation Matrix Item "HOW" (j versus j)

  

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  involved in the process defined the items “HOW” (Fig- ure 1), based on technical knowledge of the subject. Af- ter that, the strength of the relations between “WHAT” and “HOW” (relation matrix) was defined by the team, using symbols and weighting factors. Triangles mean weak, and their weighting factor is 1; circles mean me- dium, and their value is 3; and double circles mean strong, and their value is 9. The value of each cell Rij (Figure 1), is calculated through the weights associated to the symbols, multiplied by the Importance Rating value, us- ing Equation (1):

  W(cell) = a x Rij (1) where W(cell) is the calculated value for each Rij cell; a- Importance Rating value; and Rij - weighing factor associated to the symbols (1-3-9).

  The absolute weights of the items are calculated by adding the values for each column jm [Equation (2)], and it provides the importance of each HOW in achiev- ing the collective “WHAT”.

  WA(column) = ∑ W(jm) (2) where WA(column) is the absolute weight associated to the Design Requirement jm; W(jm) is the value of each ij cell in column jm.

  The relative weight of the Design Requirements was obtained from the Equation (3): WR (%)=[W(column jm) ÷ ∑ W(column)] x100 (3) where WR (%) is the relative weight (%) of each Design Requirement jm; W(column jm) the absolute weight of the Design Requirement jm; and ∑ W(column) the total absolute weights of the columns .

  The Correlation Matrix (HOW versus HOW or j versus j) of Figure 1 shows the support and conflict be- tween Design Requirements. Different degrees of inter- action, analyzed by the team, were represented by the symbols triangle, circle, and circle with a dot.

  The House of the Quality (Figure 2) will be used for the discussions. The results from “WHAT” items show that the demanded quality by Eucalyptus seedlings related to the reduced tillage have the objective to main- tain the natural forest productivity through physical, chemical and biological soil phenomena. “Hold water and nutrient supply” appears in two places. First in the chemical requirement, refering to the reactions of the water with soil aggregates; second in the physical re- quirement, refering to the water flow through soil macro porosity.

  The Importance Rating showed a strong relation in the items related to the physical requirements. “With- out physical limitation”, “Physical support for plants” and “No limiting slash for mechanization” were the most im- portant items with scores of 5.0, 4.7 and 4.3 points, re- spectively. The Competitive Benchmarking had the best performance of the forest site NF5 for the chemical re- quirements when compared to sites NF4A and NF6. For the biological requirements the NF5 had the highest score for the item “Promote biological activity”. For the physi- cal requirements the forest site NF5 had the lowest score for “Satisfactory drainage”, “Without physics limitation” and “No limiting slash for mechanization” as compared to sites NF4A and NF6. The lowest scores given for the items “Satisfactory drainage” and “Without physics limi- tations” indicates that NF5 has the worst natural soil con- ditions as compared to NF4A and NF6. It is important to emphasize, at this point, that the evaluations were made based on the perception of this particular team of experts.

  Planned Quality established goals, defined by the team, to be reached by NF5 for each item. For the chemi- cal requirements the plan is to maintain the current val- ues. For the biological requirement the item “Free from weeds and diseases” is intended to reach NF6 and for the physical requirements all the items needed to be improved except for the “Hold water and nutrient supply”

  The design requirement tractor/implement/opera- tor is obtained at a second level by operational results and registered occurrences. The choice of “depth” and “clod size” as quality indexes for the reduced tillage is in ac- cordance with Corrêa et al. (1991), Trindad (1993), Dallmeyer (1994), Boller et al. (1995), and Milan & Fernandes (2002).

  The relation matrix WHAT versus HOW (Fig- ure 2), presents the interaction of each Design Require- ment versus the Demanded Quality. “Width”, “depth” and “clod size” interact with all Demanded Quality items but the exception was “clod size” versus “free from weeds and diseases”. These three requirements were classified as the most important for obtaining the seed- ling demands. The relation between “depth” and “with- out physical limitation” was considered strong (double circle) and the explanation is that the “depth” variabil- ity of the subsoiling operation may modify soil struc- ture in the furrow.

RESULTS AND DISCUSSION

  The absolute weight for “width”, “depth” and “clod size” were 269.6; 261.8 and 234.8, representing 26.4%; 25.7% and 23.0% of the total, respectively. These three requirements have 75.1% of the total assigned weights evidencing the priority of the three items. The analysis of the values of the design requirements for the three forest sites reveals that NF5 has currently the small- est width and depth of furrows. The team chose the value of 0.60 m for furrow width as the value to be reached by NF5 in the future, the Projected Quality. Quality

  Weak = 1 Desing Requirements Demanded

  Occurrences Im p o rt an ce R at in g (a )

  1.2.5. Hold water and nutrients Supply 36.0

36.0

36.0 4.0 4.3 2.7 2.0 4.0

  1.2.6. No limiting slash for mechanization 38.7 38.7

38.7

38.7 38.7 38.7 4.3 1.7 3.7 4.3 2.5

  1.3.1. Promote biological activity 15.3

15.3

15.3 1.7 4.0 2.5 2.0 4.0

  1.3.2.Free from weeds and diseases 3.0 3.0

3.0

3.0 2.7 3.7 2.7 3.7 Absolut 71.9 269.6 261.8 234.8 94.8 87.7 1020.6 Relative (%)

  7.0

26.4 25.7 23.0

  9.3 8.6 100.0 6º 1º 2º 3º 4º 5º NF5 (Reference) -

  0.45 0.22 - - - NF4A(Competitor) - 0.65 0.40 - - - NF6(Competitor) - 0.45 0.30 - - -

  0.30 - - - P la n n ed q u al it y (e )

  Tractor/Implement/Operator Operacional result Competitive Benchmark

  1.2.2.Physical support for plants 14.1 42.3

42.3

42.3 4.7 4.0 3.7 3.7 4.5

  1 . M ai n ta in F o re st P ro d u ct iv it y C h em ic al 1 .2 .

  P h y si ca l

  1 .3 .

  B io lo g ic al

  Planned Quality Benchmark m

  Targets Unity - Weigth Classification: design requirements

  T o ta l W ei g h t

  Furrow Strength of the relationship Strong = 9 Medium = 3

  1.2.3. Satisfactory drainage 36.0

36.0

12.0 4.0 4.0 3.3 4.0 4.7 4.0 1.2.4- Without physics limitation 5.0 45.0

45.0

45.0 45.0 45.0 5.0 2.3 3.7 4.7 3.0

  1.1.3.Hold water and nutrients Supply 2.3

2.3

2.3 2.3 3.7 2.7 1.7 3.7 1.2.1- Uniform clod size 11.1 33.3

33.3

33.3 11.1 3.7 2.7 3.7 4.7 3.7

  

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  The technical requirement correlation matrix shows a strong positive correlation between “width” and “depth” items. Any change in one of these itens causes a positive alteration in the other. In practice it means that increasing depth of the furrow increases the width.

  CONCLUSIONS

  The most important requirements for the cus- tomer, Eucalyptus spp. seedling, were the items “With- out physics limitation”, “Physical support for the plants” and “Without vegetation that limits mechanization” scor- ing 5.0, 4.7 and 4.3 points respectively.

  “Width”, “Depth” and “Clod size” were the most important items of the design requirements, reaching 75.1% of the relative weight. The Eucalyptus spp. seed- ling priorities are attended by the control of the furrow depth. Quality function deployment, (QFD) has potential to be applied to forestry and agricultural systems to trans- late plant demands into technical requirements.

  ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

  To Companhia Suzano de Papel e Celulose and their collaborators Danilo da Silveira Chausson, José Luiz Gava, Martinho de Araújo, Luiz Ronick, Joel Madela, Luiz Carlos Cabral, Wagner H. Itria Jr. for the support and participation. To CAPES for the financial support, and Prof. C.A.S. Andriani for technical support.

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  Figure 2 - “House of Quality” of the reduced tillage, using a subsoiler, to attend Eucaliyptus spp. seedlings.

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th

  1.1.2.Degradation of chemical residues 6.0

6.0

6.0 2.0 3.5 2.5 2.5 3.5

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  F

  4 A (c ) N

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  1.1.1.Promote chemical transformation 11.7

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