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Bridging the gap between theory and practice in basic statistical process monitoring

Summary: [This abstract is based on the authors' abstract.] Some issues are discussed relative to the gap between theory and practice in the area of statistical process monitoring (SPM). Among other issues, it is argued that the collection and use of baseline data in Phase I needs a greater emphasis. Also, the use of sample ranges in practice to estimate process standard deviations deserves reconsideration. A discussion is given on the role of modeling in SPM. Then some work on profile monitoring and the effect of estimation error on Phase II chart performance is summarized. Finally, some ways that researchers could influence practice more effectively are discussed along with how SPM research could become more useful to practitioners.

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  • Topics: Engineering, Statistics, Process Management, Statistical Process Control (SPC)
  • Keywords: Statistics, Monitoring, Variation, Analysis, Distribution
  • Author: Woodall, William H.
  • Journal: Quality Engineering