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Optimal inspection of a finite population

Summary: [This abstract is based on the authors' abstract.] This article presents a method for determining an optimal quality control (QC) inspection frequency for a manufacturing process where a specified number of items will be produced and where, if the process goes out of control and generates a defective item, it stays out of control. In addition, there is a QC inspection procedure than can detect a defective item. The frequency of inspection is based on minimizing the total cost. The total cost includes the cost of QC inspections plus the cost of manufacturing defective items. In this application the cost of manufacturing defective items is, after identifying a defective item, the cost of checking previously manufactured items until it is determined when the process went out of control, i.e., until a good item is found.

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  • Topics: Engineering, Quality Control, Statistics
  • Keywords: Finite population, Inspection, Quality control (QC), Manufacturing process, Inspection cost, Optimization
  • Author: Kelly, E.J.; Hamada, M.S.; Vander Wiel, S.A.; Ryne, R.D.;
  • Journal: Quality Engineering