Chapter 6 - Statistical Quality Control

Operations Management by R. Dan Reid & Nada R. Sanders 4th Edition © Wiley 2010 PowerPoint Presentation by R.B. Clough UNH M. E. Henrie - UAA

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Three SQC Categories 

Statistical quality control (SQC) is the term used to describe the set of statistical tools used by quality professionals SQC encompasses three broad categories of;  

Descriptive statistics 

e.g. the mean, standard deviation, and range Involves inspecting the output from a process Quality characteristics are measured and charted Helpful in identifying in-process variations 

Statistical process control (SPC) 

Acceptance sampling used to randomly inspect a batch of goods to determine acceptance/rejection 

Does not help to catch in-process problems

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Sources of Variation 

Variation exists in all processes. Variation can be categorized as either; 

Common or Random causes of variation, or 

Random causes that we cannot identify Unavoidable e.g. slight differences in process variables like diameter, weight, service time, temperature 

Assignable causes of variation 

Causes can be identified and eliminated e.g. poor employee training, worn tool, machine needing repair

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Traditional Statistical Tools 

Descriptive Statistics include 


The Mean- measure of central tendency

i !1


n i 

The Range- difference between largest/smallest observations in a set of data Standard Deviation measures the amount of data dispersion around mean Distribution of Data shape 


x ! i!1  X 2 n 1  Normal or bell shaped or Skewed © Wiley 2010 .

Distribution of Data  Normal distributions  Skewed distribution © Wiley 2010 .

weight. number of broken eggs in a box © Wiley 2010 . UCL. % defective. length. and LCL Control chart for variables are used to monitor characteristics that can be measured.SPC Methods-Control Charts    Control Charts show sample data plotted on a graph with CL. number of flaws in a shirt.g. e. time Control charts for attributes are used to monitor characteristics that have discrete values and can be counted.g. diameter. e.

Setting Control Limits  Percentage of values under normal curve  Control limits balance risks like Type I error © Wiley 2010 .

out of control on the other chart? OK? © Wiley 2010 .Control Charts for Variables     Use x-bar and R-bar charts together Used to monitor different variables X-bar & R-bar Charts reveal different problems In statistical control on one chart.

Control Charts for Variables     Use x-bar charts to monitor the changes in the mean of a process (central tendencies) Use R-bar charts to monitor the dispersion or variability of the process System can show acceptable central tendencies but unacceptable variability or System can show acceptable variability but unacceptable central tendencies © Wiley 2010 .

x! k n where ( k ) is the # of sample means and (n) x! is the # of observations w/in each sample UCL x ! x  z LCL x ! x  z © Wiley 2010 x x .8 15. use the below data to develop control charts with limits of 3 standard deviations for the 16 oz.3 15.2 ounces. observ 1 observ 2 observ 3 observ 4 samp 1 15.90 0. bottling operation.Constructing a X-bar Chart: A quality control inspector at the Cocoa Fizz soft drink company has taken three samples with four observations each of the volume of bottles filled.88 0.8 16 15..9 samp 3 16 15.2 15.2  Center line and control limit formulas x 1  x 2  .8 mean range 15.9 15.9 samp 2 16.9 15.1 16 15.x n .95 0. If the standard deviation of the bottling operation is ..8 15.

62 © ¹ ª 4º © Wiley 2010 .Solution and Control Chart (x-bar)  Center line (x-double bar): 15.2 ¸ ! 15.92 3  Control limits for±3 limits: UCL !  z LCL !  z ¨ .9 ! ! 15.875  15.92  3© ¹ ! 15.975 15.22 © ¹ ª 4º ¨ .2 ¸ ! 15.92  3© ¹ ! 16.

X-Bar Control Chart © Wiley 2010 .

22 D3 0.29 0.48 0.14 0.42 0.74 1.25 0.28 2.00 0.08 0.18 0.3  0.69 1.00 0.34 0.0(.31 0.0 R R 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 © Wiley 2010 A2 1.82 1.57 2.26 0.27 0.28(.24 0.233) ! .31 0.37 0.Control Chart for Range (R)  Center Line and Control Limit formulas:  Factors for three sigma control limits Facto fo x-Cha t Sample Size (n) Facto s fo R-Cha t 0.02 0.67 1.00 0.58 0.53 ! D3 R ! 0.65 .92 1.233) ! 0.33 0.72 1.78 1.00 1.88 1.233 3 ! D4R ! 2.11 2.00 0.27 2.86 1.35 D4 3.2  0.22 0.00 0.2 R! ! .28 0.73 0.

R-Bar Control Chart © Wiley 2010 .

92  .2  0.Second Method for the X-bar Chart Using R-bar and the A2 Factor (table 6-1)   Use this method when sigma for the process distribution is not know Control limits solution: 0.2 ! ! .3  0.233 3 UCL x ! x  A 2 LCL x ! x  A 2 ! 15.

233 ! 16.09 ! 15.0.92  .73 .

0.73 .233 ! 15.75 © Wiley 2010 .

e.Control Charts for Attributes i. discrete events   Use a P-Chart for yes/no or good/bad decisions in which defective items are clearly identified Use a C-Chart for more general counting when there can be more than one defect per unit   Number of flaws or stains in a carpet sample cut from a production run Number of complaints per customer at a hotel © Wiley 2010 .

P-Chart Example: A Production manager for a tire company has inspected the number of defective tires in five random samples with 20 tires in each sample.10 .10 . Sample Number of Defective Tires Number of Tires in each Sample Proportion Defective  Solution: # Defectives 9 ! ! .05 . Calculate the control limits.05 .64 n 20 UCLp ! p  z .09)(. The table below shows the number of defective tires in each sample of 20 tires.09 Total Inspected 100 1 2 3 4 5 Total 3 2 1 2 1 9 20 20 20 20 20 100 .15 .91) ! ! 0.09 CL ! p ! ! p p(1  p) (.

09  3(0.282 ! p  z . LCLp ! .64) ! .

! .102 ! 0 p p © Wiley 2010 .64) ! .09  3(0.

Control Chart © Wiley 2010 .P.

2 # o samples 10 ! c  z c ! 2.2 ! 2. Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Number of Complaints 3 2 3 1 3 3 2 1 3 1 22 c c  Solution: # complaints 22 !c! ! ! 2. Develop three sigma control limits using the data table below.C-Chart Example: The number of weekly customer complaints are monitored in a large hotel using a c-chart.65 ! c  z c ! 2.2 ! 6.25 ! 0 © Wiley 2010 .2  3 2.2  3 2.

C.Control Chart © Wiley 2010 .

Out of control conditions indicated by: Skewed distribution Data Point out of limits © Wiley 2010 .

Process Capability  Product Specifications    Preset product or service dimensions.-16.g. ¹ © Wiley 2010 3 ª 3 º .) Based on how product is to be used or what the customer expects  Process Capability  Cp and Cpk Assessing capability involves evaluating process variability relative to preset product or service specifications Cp assumes that the process is centered in the specification range  specification width USL  LSL Cp ! ! process width 6  Cpk helps to address a possible lack of centering of the process  LSL ¸ ¨ USL  Cpk ! min© .2oz. ±.8oz. tolerances e. (15.2 oz. bottle fill might be 16 oz.

Cp assumes that the process is centered on the specification range Cp=Cpk when process is centered  © Wiley 2010 . process not capable of producing within specifications Cp 1.Relationship between Process Variability and Specification Width  Possible ranges for Cp  Cp < 1. (c). (b). as in Fig. as in Fig. process exceeds minimal specifications   One shortcoming.

3 .2 USL  LSL .4 6 .4 .4 S  S p ! ! 0.1) Machine C p S  S 6 ! .4 ! 0.8-16.Computing the Cp Value at Cocoa Fizz: three bottling machines are being evaluated for possible use at the Fizz plant.4 .4 Cp ! ! 1. The machines must be capable of meeting the design specification of 15.2)  © Wiley 2010 .05 .67 6 6(.2 oz.05)  Machine B . Are they all acceptable?  Solution:  Machine A Machine A B C . with at least a process capability index of 1.33 6(.1 .6 1.0 (Cp 1)  The table below shows the information gathered from production runs on each machine.33 6 6(.2 USL-LSL .

revealing that the process is not capable © Wiley 2010 .2 OZ.3  Cpk is less than 1.33 .2  15. (USL = 16. 3(. ¨ 16.1) .9  15.1 oz.Computing the Cpk Value at Cocoa Fizz   Design specifications call for a target value of 16.0 ±0.8 ¸ Cpk ! min © © 3(.9 and a of 0.2 & LSL = 15.1 Cpk ! ! .1) ¹ ¹ ª º .8) Observed process output has now shifted and has a µ of 15.9 15.

74% of production is between LSL and USL Six sigma is much stricter: mean ±6 must be within tolerances implying that 99.99966% production between LSL and USL same proportions apply to control limits in control charts  Six-sigma quality standard is now a benchmark in many industries © Wiley 2010 .±6 Sigma versus ± 3 Sigma  Motorola coined six-sigma to describe their higher quality efforts back in 1980 s   PPM Defective for ±3 versus ±6 quality   Ordinary quality standard requiring mean±3 to be within tolerances implies that 99.

htm?chan=search © Wiley 2010 . Running a more efficient shop. but the company's more lasting contribution to the world is something decidedly more wonkish: the quality-improvement process called Six Sigma.. who has since died. one that marries concepts from Toyota Motor (TM )'s lean production system. and industries from manufacturing to financial services. a veteran of both Motorola and Six Sigma stalwart General Electric (GE ) Co.9997% of the time. At Nortel Networks (NT ). Zafirovski. http://www. By Six Sigma's 20th he argues. says Joel Hackney.businessweek. Others agree that Six Sigma and innovation don't have to be a cultural mismatch. metrics-driven process has become corporate gospel. will free up workers to innovate. CEO Mike S. The point. In 1986 an engineer named Bill Smith.Six Sigma Six Sigma Still Pays Off At Motorola It may surprise those who have come to know Motorola (MOT ) for its cool cell phones. Nortel's Six Sigma guru. infiltrating functions from human resources to marketing. is to use Six Sigma thinking to take superfluous steps out of operations. sold then-Chief Executive Robert Galvin on a plan to strive for error-free products 99. has installed his own version of the program. the exacting.

Acceptance Sampling   Definition: the third branch of SQC refers to the process of randomly inspecting a certain number of items from a lot or batch in order to decide whether to accept or reject the entire batch Different from SPC because acceptance sampling is performed either before or after the process rather than during   Sampling before typically is done to supplier material Sampling after involves sampling finished items before shipment or finished components prior to assembly  Used where inspection is expensive. volume is high. or inspection is destructive © Wiley 2010 .

Acceptance Sampling Plans  Goal of Acceptance Sampling plans is to determine the criteria for acceptance or rejection based on:     Size of the lot (N) Size of the sample (n) Number of defects above which a lot will be rejected (c) Level of confidence we wish to attain  There are single. and cost of passing on a defective item  Can be used on either variable or attribute measures. and multiple sampling plans  Which one to use is based on cost involved. double. but more commonly used for attributes © Wiley 2010 . time consumed.

Implications for Managers  How much and how often to inspect?    Consider product cost and product volume Consider process stability Consider lot size Inbound materials Finished products Prior to costly processing Control charts are best used for in-process production Acceptance sampling is best used for inbound/outbound © Wiley 2010  Where to inspect?     Which tools to use?   .

SQC in Services   Service Organizations have lagged behind manufacturers in the use of statistical quality control Statistical measurements are required and it is more difficult to measure the quality of a service   Services produce more intangible products Perceptions of quality are highly subjective  A way to deal with service quality is to devise quantifiable measurements of the service element     Check-in time at a hotel Number of complaints received per month at a restaurant Number of telephone rings before a call is answered Acceptable control limits can be developed and charted © Wiley 2010 .

2.5 ! 3.0  3 © © ª ¨ L L x ! X  z x ! 5. They want to also design a control chart for bank teller use.0  3© © ª x 1 ¸ ¹ ! 5.0  1. They recently installed new system software which they hope will meet service specification limits of 5±2 minutes and have a Capability Index (Cpk) of at least 1.33 k ! mi k !  ¨ 5.2 with a Sigma of 1.0  1.5 mi utes ¹ 4º © Wiley 2010 .0 7.0  5.Service at a bank: The Dollars Bank competes on customer service and is concerned about service time at their drive-by windows.8 ! 1.2  3.2 1.0 6© © ª 4 ¸ ¹ ¹ º ! 1.5 Control Chart limits for ±3 sigma limits U Lx ! Xz ¨ ! 5. USL  LSL ! 6 7-3 ¨ 1.5 ! 6.5 mi utes ¹ 4º 1 ¸ ¹ ! 5.0 minutes.  They have done some sampling recently (sample size of 4 customers) and determined that the process mean has shifted to 5.2 © . © 3(1/2) 3(1/2) ª ¸ ¹ ¹ º 1.

© Wiley 2010 . and are actually used in designing and evaluating their tasks     Marketing provides information on current and future quality standards Finance responsible for placing financial values on SQC efforts Human resources the role of workers change with SQC implementation. influences their success.SQC Across the Organization  SQC requires input from other organizational functions. Requires workers with right skills Information systems makes SQC information accessible for all.

businessweek. -Michele Davies.There s $$ is SQC! I also discovered that the work I had done for Motorola in my first year out of college had a name. by measuring service quality for paging by using statistical process control methods. Businessweek MBA May 2001 http://www. I was doing Operations Management.htm?chan=search © Wiley 2010 .

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Descriptive statistics are sued to describe quality characteristics. Acceptance sampling is the process of randomly inspecting a sample of goods and deciding whether to accept or reject the entire lot. SQC an be divided into three categories: traditional statistical tools.Chapter 6 Highlights   SQC refers to statistical tools t hat can be sued by quality professionals. and statistical process control (SPC). acceptance sampling. such as the mean. and variance. range. © Wiley 2010 . Statistical process control involves inspecting a random sample of output from a process and deciding whether the process in producing products with characteristics that fall within preset specifications.

or volume. A control chart has upper and lower control limits that separate common from assignable causes of variation. Common causes of variation are random causes that we cannot identify. Control charts for variables monitor characteristics that can be measured and have a continuum of values. Assignable causes of variation are those that can be identified and eliminated.  © Wiley 2010 . such as height. Control charts fro attributes are used to monitor characteristics that have discrete values and can be counted. A control chart is a graph used in SPC that shows whether a sample of data falls within the normal range of variation.Chapter 6 Highlights continued  Two causes of variation in the quality of a product or process: common causes and assignable causes. weight.

Process capability is the ability of the production process to meet or exceed preset specifications. Xbar charts monitor the mean or average value of a product characteristic. C-charts are used to monitor the actual number of defects in a sample. R-charts monitor the range or dispersion of the values of a product characteristic. P-charts are used to monitor the proportion of defects in a sample. © Wiley 2010 . Control charts for attributes include p-charts and c-charts.Chapter 6 Highlights continued   Control charts for variables include x-bar and R-charts. It is measured by the process capability index Cp which is computed as the ratio of the specification width to the width of the process variable.

It is more difficult to measure quality in services than in manufacturing.3 parts per million. © Wiley 2010 . The goal of acceptance sampling is to determine criteria for the desired level of confidence. The key is to devise quantifiable measurements for important service dimensions. Operating characteristic curves are graphs that show the discriminating power of a sampling plan.Chapter 6 Highlights continued    The term Six Sigma indicates a level of quality in which the number of defects is no more than 2.

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