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    I have been in glass manufacturing for about 33 years. Most of that has been in the Production Engineering and Quality Engineering areas working on Process improvement and statistics. One thing you learn from Manufacturing and Quality is that you learn something new everyday. That is my reason for joining the ISixsigma group… to learn more, because as Dr. Michael Harry says… “You don’t know what you don’t know”.

    So, I would like to start out with a question. We are developing a production/process information database with not only some standardized reports but wish to provide ability for data mining and statistical based analysis. The product will need to be utilized by my programmers to provide certain standardized analyses, will have many sophisticated statisticians along with always having new engineers and managers to train in statistical methods.

    So, Minitab or JMP???



    Generally you will find that manufacturing/operations prefers Minitab and marketing/research prefers JMP. Personally, I don’t like how JMP takes a few inputs and goes and does soup to nuts. On the other hand, with Minitab you need to know what you’re trying to do and generally the requirements for that analysis. For example, if you’re doing a statistical analysis that requires normality of the data, Minitab will not prevent you from doing that analysis (for the most part) on any data set that you present to it. So you could make erroneous conclusions. Given that, though, Minitab has introduced a fantastic assistant in version 16 that helps novices (and even some of us “experts”). I particularly like the new graphs presented for MSA that seem only to be available by using the assistant.

    Oh, btw – some might say that Mikel just didn’t know . . .

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