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How To Perform a Machine Capability Study

Summary: With no recognized standards for analysis, capability study methods vary greatly from one company to another, yet every green or black belt needs to know how to perform a machine capability study and how to deal with its associated pitfalls. The study can be categorized as capability or diagnostic in origin, and an analysis of data will provide insight into the operation of the machine. Planning must be complete before embarking on the other steps necessary to performing a machine capability study. The pitfalls inevitably encountered when running a machine capability study have become a way of life in many companies where bad workplace habits are hard to change. Pitfalls can be overcome by being aware of errors and by using standardized methods and formulas.

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  • Topics: Data Quality
  • Keywords: Machines,Capability study,Data collection,Data analysis,Measurement and control
  • Author: Roth, Gregory II
  • Journal: Six Sigma Forum Magazine