Practicum in Statistical Quality Control


This seminar provides an opportunity to apply statistical skills acquired in earlier courses. Participants learn to synthesize and evaluate the results of research and data gathering efforts as intelligent researchers, presenters, and consumers of data; and ask correct and appropriate questions, make appropriate observations, and suggest sensible follow-up strategies when presented with the results of industrial research. Participants conduct analyses for case studies with actual data collected in the past from both the customer and vendor perspective and from actual plant/engineering research studies.

Time Requirement

4 days

Number of Participants

30 participants maximum


Introduction to Statistical Process Control and Capability, Advanced Statistical Process Control and Capability, Experimental Design and Industrial Statistics (Levels I through III)

Primary Resource Materials

Practicum in Statistical Quality Control manual

Content Outline

Case Studies for Participant Analyses

  1. Improving Incoming Material for Our Can Plant Customers
  2. Analyzing Steam Line Performance on an EMC Casting Pit
  3. Analyzing the Surface Quality of Work Rolls Produced in a Roll Shop
  4. Statistically Selecting a Rolling Oil Vendor
  5. An Analysis of End-of-Line Elongation Values for Aerospace Applications
  6. Conducting Appropriate Taste Analyses as Associated with Coolant Additives
  7. Making a Purchasing Decision for a New Laboratory Test Device Based Upon an Appropriate Statistical Analysis (Class I Destructive Test)
  8. Comparative Analysis of Saw Blade Vendors Based Upon Time to Failure (Life Analysis)


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