Minitab Training on Additional Topics in Statistical Quality Analysis

Additional Topics in Statistical Quality Analysis

Build upon the foundational principles covered in the Manufacturing Statistical Quality Analysis course as you delve into additional tools designed to further enhance and regulate your processes. This course in minitab training takes your skills to the next level, equipping you with the capabilities to effectively assess and certify manufacturing and engineering measurement systems involving multiple gauges or various locations on a component.

Acquire the expertise to appraise a random subset of products from a batch, aiding in the decision-making process of accepting or rejecting the entire lot. Additionally, broaden your proficiency in control charting to accommodate infrequent occurrences and data weighted by time.

Furthermore, master the utilization of crucial capability analysis instruments, enabling you to appraise the alignment of your processes with both internal benchmarks and customer stipulations. The core focus of the course in minitab training remains centered on imparting comprehensive knowledge of quality tools, particularly in their relevance to the realm of manufacturing processes. This course in minitab training ensures you are well-equipped to navigate the intricacies of these techniques and apply them effectively to optimize manufacturing outcomes.

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Topics Included:

Gage R&R Expanded

Employ an Expanded Gage R&R Study to evaluate the variability within your measurement system under certain conditions, including:

  • The presence of multiple factors, such as operator, gage, and part.
  • The intention to designate specific factors as fixed factors.
  • The combination of both crossed and nested factors.
  • The utilization of an unbalanced design.

Orthogonal Regression

  • Employ Orthogonal Regression, also referred to as Deming regression, to evaluate the comparability of two instruments or methods.
  • Orthogonal regression analyzes the linear relationship between two continuous variables: a response (Y) and a predictor (X).
  • In contrast to simple linear regression, both response and predictor in orthogonal regression incorporate measurement error.
  • When both variables have measurement error in simple regression, the results depends on which variable lacks measurement error.
  • Orthogonal regression mitigates this issue by minimizing the influence of roles of the variables on the outcomes.

Tolerance Intervals

  • Apply tolerance intervals to calculate a range of values covering a specified proportion of forthcoming product outputs for a given characteristic.
  • Tolerance intervals establish upper and/or lower limits within which a specified percentage of process outputs lies, with a specified level of confidence.

Acceptance Sampling

  • Acceptance sampling is a vital element of quality control, particularly advantageous when testing expenses outweigh those of passing a faulty item or when tests result in destruction.
  • It offers a middle ground between complete 100% inspection and complete absence of inspection.
  • Particularly valuable when the supplier's process quality is uncertain, acceptance sampling provides an alternative to 100% inspection.
  • This practice applies to both product attributes and measurements of the product.

Between-Within Capability Analysis

Employ Between/Within Capability Analysis to assess your process's capability, considering a normal distribution, especially when your process inherently generates systematic variation among subgroups. This is particularly relevant in scenarios like batch processes. Using this analysis, you can do the following:

  • Ascertain if the process is capable of generating results that align with customer demands.
  • Analyze the process's overall capability with its between/within capability, thereby evaluating potential for enhancement.

Control Charts including EWMA, Short-Run, and Rare Events

  • Utilize the EWMA Chart to identify subtle shifts in the process mean, without influence by low and high values. The EWMA chart tracks exponentially weighted moving averages, effectively reducing the influence of low and high values. The observations can encompass individual measurements or subgroup means. A key advantage of EWMA charts is their resilience against the low and high values.
  • Occurrences of rare events are a natural part of various processes. Within healthcare settings like hospitals, instances such as medication errors, infections, patient falls, and ventilator-associated pneumonias are considered rare and adverse events. By employing control charts, we have the ability to visualize these infrequent incidents and track the progression of a process. This helps us ascertain whether the process remains stable or has deviated from control, signifying unpredictability and the necessity for corrective action.
  • Short-run processes frequently lack sufficient data within each run to yield accurate process parameter estimates. This method is applicable when a single machine or process generates multiple diverse parts or products. Employ the Z-MR Chart to oversee the mean and variation of distinct parts, especially when there are limited units produced for each part, as seen in short-run processes.