Suitable measurement processes help you reduce uncertainties
15 October 2012: Edgar Dietrich
In industrial production, the applied measurement processes evaluate and assess the quality of manufacturing and production facilities as well as the produced parts, components and products. The results gained by the measurement processes and the statistical evaluation always include different uncertainties.
Depending on the manufacturing or production process, selected quality characteristics are inspected in or after the different process steps. You may conduct a 100% inspection or an inspection based on a sample. You evaluate the manufacturing or production quality graphically by using various visualizations or numerically by calculating capability indices. The recorded measured values are evaluated statistically and the required statistics are calculated. These data are processed numerically and, depending on the respective application and the responsible user group, graphically, too. Only by succeeding in communicating the results quickly specifically to the respective task and user and in making them easily accessible, these results are applied in order to evaluate and assess processes and certain issues. In this case they contribute to the quality evaluation.
The results or issues include, amongst others, uncertainties as a result of:
- measurement and test processes
- the application of statistical procedures
- erroneous data recording, transfer and management
- erroneous communication of results
You may solve the problems caused by the last two sources of error with organizational measures and IT support, e.g. by permanently checking the plausibility of data where relevant. The application of Q-DAS products helps you to describe processes by means of validated statistical procedures specifying the confidence intervals for the single statistics...