Statistical Process Control Charts. Module 4. Goal. Monitor behaviour of process using measurements, to determine if operation is statistically stable stable properties not changing in time Mean Variance Stable operation doesn’t guarantee ontarget operation. Approach.
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Statistical Process Control Charts
Module 4
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Xbar charts are used for testing stability of the mean operation
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Control Limits  determined using the average range during normal operation, which is a reflection of usual process variability
Control limits:
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Monitor range to determine whether variability is stable.
Range provides an indication of dispersion, and is easy to calculate.
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How can we measure dispersion when we collect only one data point per sample?
Answer  using the moving range  difference between adjacent sample values:
Use this approach to 
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Calculate average moving range from reference data set:
Convert AMR into an estimate for the standard deviation using the constant “d2” for n=2 sample points:
centreline  use either a target value, or the average of the samples in the reference data set
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Use MR to monitor variability if you are only collecting one point per sample:
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The control limits and stopping rules influence:
When the number of data points per sample is fixed, there is a tradeoff between false alarm and failure to detect rates.
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Simplest stopping rule 
We can conduct numerical simulation experiments (Monte Carlo simulations) to identify 
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Simple stopping rules may lead to unacceptable false alarm rates, or failure to detect modest shifts
We can modify the rules to address these shortcomings  for example, look for:
One such set of guidelines are known as the Western Electric Stopping Rules.
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1)Stop if 2 out of 3 consecutive points are on the same side of the centre line, and more than 2 std. dev’ns from certain (warning lines)
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2) 4 out of 5 consecutive points lie on one side of the centre line, and are more than 1 standard dev’n from the centre line
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3) 8 consecutive points occurring on one side of the centre line
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Stop if one of the following Trend Patterns occur:
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7 consecutive rising points (or falling points)
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Trend Patterns 
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Shewhart Charts assume process is
But what if it isn’t independent from one sample time to next sample time, as in many continuous chemical processes?
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EWMA type charts account for possible dependencies between the random components (common cause variation) in the data, and are thus more representative.
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… Exponentially Weighted Moving Average
Use a moving average which weights recent values more heavily than older values
Exponentially Weighted Moving Average
The x values can be averages or individual measurements
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however the weighting factor can be any value between 0 and 1.
Large weighting factor = short memory.
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Using the statistical properties of the EWMA’s, choose control chart limits as:
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… can be defined using concepts from Normal distribution
Concept  compare specification limits to statistical variation in process
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Specification limits
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Interpretation
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Capability Index Cpk
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Interpretation  current performance is unacceptable, and process is not capable of meeting specifications.


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