Inspection: Key to Quality Control

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Being able to provide your customers with quality goods and services should be a primary goal of any business. In order to be able to provide quality, inspections need to be part of your process.

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Why Calibration is Essential for Quality Control

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Calibration is the act of testing the accuracy of measurement equipment and adjusting it to conform to an independent standard.

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The Importance of Fisher’s (1-way ANOVA) in Statistical Analysis

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Fisher’s 1-way ANOVA is a classic analysis of variance utilized in statistics to determine if there are statistical differences between the means of two or more unrelated groups.

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How Change Management Benefits Your Organization

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Change management is defined as the methodological approach a company takes in the implemental change of its internal and external processes.

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Maximizing Results with Process Control

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Process control is a principle that you can use to help you manage your processes more effectively. The goal of process control is to make sure that what your employees do every day is done using the same set of steps or standards so they can get better at their job. Process control helps organizations […]

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Simplify Project Scope with an Includes/Excludes Table

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A project needs to have clear boundaries and parameters that establish its scope. Any tool that can help your team understand and agree as to what is included and what is excluded from your project saves a lot of headaches during project implementation.

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How to Determine and Address Common Cause Variation in Your Business

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Variation and quality are not compatible with each other. The reality, however, is that anytime measurements are taken, there is going to be variation.

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The Role of Multicollinearity in Regression Model Precision

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In your regression model, one thing to look for is multicolinearity. It is a problem and can cause issues when you are interpreting results.

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How Fagan Style Software Inspection Can Benefit Your Business

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There are several ways that companies conduct inspections of their software. One such method is Fagan Style Software Inspection.

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Pass Through Characteristics: Identifying, Communicating, and Resolving Issues

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A final product can have a lot of moving parts to it, some of which were not developed by your business. Regardless, they are part of your product and your customers expect them to work.

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Identifying and Managing Special Cause Variations

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When it comes to variance, there are two main types to consider. These are common cause and special cause. Common cause variations usually do not pose much of a problem. Special case variations are another story.

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Measuring Success: The Importance of Understanding Yield in Lean Six Sigma

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When it comes to Lean Six Sigma, “yield” is the measure of the percentage of items produced that meet customer quality or specification requirements. Find out more about this concept.

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How Secondary Metrics Safeguard Process Improvements

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Secondary metrics consider the overall health of the business. They help ensure that other areas do not slip when pursuing improvement of the primary metric.

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DMAIC: The Five Steps to Process Improvement Success

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DMAIC is a data-driven process-improvement methodology. Let’s look at how DMAIC compares to other problem-solving processes as well as the benefits of using DMAIC when solving a complex problem.

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Mastering Process Improvement through Y=f(x) Methodology

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Y=f(x) is a concept regarding the setup of a formula used to perform analysis during problem-solving efforts. Let’s look at how Y=F(x) works within the problem-solving process, the benefits of Y=F(x), as well as some frequently asked questions.

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Leveraging Web-Based Technology (WBT)

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If it relies or revolves around the internet, chances are it counts as web-based technology. This concept encompasses a significant vertical and horizontal scope, which means it includes many different kinds of technology, products and services. Overview: What is web-based technology (WBT)? Web-based technology (WBT) is a broad umbrella term that encompasses many different types […]

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What Every SS Practitioner Should Know About White Noise

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You may have heard of “white noise” when it comes to signal processing, but this is not the only application for the term. It is also a way to describe data in modeling. When we reference “white noise” in modeling, the “noise” is in reference to there being no set pattern and all variations being […]

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Understanding X: The Key to Optimizing Your Business Processes

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In business, it is necessary to have a solid understanding of what, exactly, is going into your processes. After all, if you do not know your inputs, how can you expect to be able to keep your output outcome desirable, repeatable, and consistent? Your X’s play a massive role in the outcomes you achieve. In […]

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Know the Benefits and Drawbacks of Unexplained Variation

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In a regression model, there will be an amount of variation that is unexplained by x, unless r squared equals 100%. When you are working with a regression model, there is a chance that you will encounter an amount of variation that is unexplained. This variation, nevertheless, needs to be accounted for and checked to […]

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Simplifying Complex Systems with Value Stream Mapping

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Gain a better understanding of value stream mapping and how you can use it in your business. We’ll cover the flow, department interactions, bottleneck identification, and key metrics — as well as a few best practices.

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Quality Control Just Got Easier: Learn How to Use U Charts

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A U chart is one of four quality control charts that engineers use to track variation in a manufacturing process. The other three typical quality control charts are the p chart (which plots the proportion of defective items, the c chart (which shows the number of defects), and the np chart (which shows the number […]

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Understanding Team Leaders: Responsibilities and Impact

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In an organization, it is important that there are members of a team to look to when leadership is required. These members may rise to this higher level of responsibility naturally through their skills or personalities, or they may be put in such a position by management. Being a team leader requires more from you […]

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How to Calculate and Utilize Upper Control Limit

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What is more misunderstood than the humble upper control limit? Is it a probability limit? Is it an economic limit? Read on to find out! Overview: What is the Upper Control Limit (UCL)?  A control chart consists of several parts. It has two control limits and an average line. The bottom dashed line is called […]

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Understanding Univariate Analysis: The Basics

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A good introduction to dealing with variables in a data set is to start with univariate statistics. The analysis of this type of data is the simplest. When analyzing variables in a data set, you will conduct either multivariate, bivariate, or univariate analysis. This will be dependent on the number of variables and how many […]

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