Statistical Process Control Training

Statistical Process Control Training

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Course Overview:

Statistical Process Control Training Course Description

This is a comprehensive and intensive 3-day Statistical Process Control Training course that presents the essential elements of an effective Statistical Process Control program. The course focuses on understanding the basics, identifying objectives, SPC implementation, and realizing the benefits this magnificent process management system offers. The course develops and presents a results-oriented roadmap for implementing an effective Statistical Process Control program.

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• If you are familiar with some aspects of this Statistical Process Control Training course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
• We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Statistical Process Control Training course around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
• If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the Statistical Process Control Training course in manner understandable to lay audiences.

Related Courses:

Systems Engineering Training Level II
Systems Engineering Training Level I

Statistical Process Control Training – Objectives:

•Develop an effective Statistical Process Control system.
•Objectively identify Statistical Process Control opportunities.
•Work together to implement and improve your Statistical Process Control program.

Statistical Process Control Training – Course Content:

Day 1: Course Overview

•Course outline

The Industrial Revolution

•Mass production
•Division of labor
•Typical engineering drawing and specification practices
•Engineering tolerances historical contexts
•Typical engineering drawing tolerance responsibilities

Manufacturing Processes

•Process capabilities
•Process capability versus engineering tolerances

Deterministic versus Probabilistic Thinking
•Typical test and inspection approaches
•Typical build-and-inspect approaches
•The psychology of inspection
•Product quality responsibilities
•The sampling approach and its pitfalls
•Detection versus prevention management philosophies
•Driving blindfolded

Introduction to Statistics and Probability

•The nature of variability
•Shewhart’s formative work
•Frequency distributions
•The normal curve, means, and standard deviations
•Normal curve mathematics
•Averages of averages and the central limit theorem

Statistical Process Control

•SPC overview
•SPC basic concepts
•SPC control in World War II
•The US rejection of SPC after World II
•Japan’s SPC acceptance after World War II
•SPC success stories
•Placing product quality responsibility in the operator’s hands

Statistical Process Control Concepts

•Inspection shortfalls
•Attributes versus variables data
•Placing quality responsibility in the hands of the operator
•xbar:r charts
•SPC capabilities
•Class exercise

Day 2: SPC Implementation


•Management training
•Supervisor training
•Operator training

Selecting Processes for SPC application

•Variables data opportunities
•Optimizing early successes
•Defining the process
•Assessing existing test and inspection points
•Selecting critical characteristics for SPC application
•Identifying critical dimensions
•Identifying sources of variability
•Ishikawa charts
•Minimizing variability
•Case study
•Class exercises

Gathering SPC Preliminary Data

•Collecting data for establishing upper and lower control limits
•Calculating upper and lower control limits
•Defining subgroups and calculating averages
•Class exercise

Preparing, Maintaining, and Using Charts

•xbar:r charts
•Typical xbar:r charts required information
•Collecting individual data points
•Calculating average values
•Finding the range
•Defining nominal and upper and lower control limits
•Plotting averages, ranges, and the grand average
•Finding the standard deviation
•Using Excel to simplify xbar:r calculations
•Finding the average range
•Finding upper and lower control limits for the range
•Simplified approaches for determining upper and lower control limits
•Class exercises


•Attributes data applicability
•Converting attributes data to variables data
•The nature of p
•Finding the average p
•Finding p upper and lower control limits
•Using the average p and upper and lower control limits to create a p chart
•Class exercises

Day 3: Putting SPC To Work For Your Organization

Using SPC ChartsPlotting process data on SPC charts

•Noting process changes
•Identifying trends
•Shifting responsibility to the operator
•Class exercise

SPC Trend Analysis

•No trend
•Subgroup averages trending upward or downward
•Multiple points above or below the average
•Cyclical patterns
•Range changes
•Calling for help when trends are recognized
•Class exercise

SPC Implementation Challenges

•Resistance to change
•Inspector job security
•Seeking input from affected personnel
•Selecting initial SPC-implementation points
•Maintaining momentum
•Publicizing success

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