This one day practical SPC training course will provide delegates with a basic knowledge and understanding of the principles of Statistical Process Control and the methodologies for performing capability studies. Our course is highly practical and avoids detailed knowledge or discussion of statistical theory.

As well as being one of the core components of the Six Sigma approach, Statistical Process Control (SPC) is also a key element of IATF 16949, where it is required to be used within the Product Realisation process.

Many problems encountered with Statistical Process Control (SPC) and Design of Experiments (DOE) are caused by problems with measurement systems where the process of obtaining measurements and data may have variation and produce defects.

SPC is an optimisation philosophy concerned with continuous process improvement, using a collection of (statistical) tools for data and process analysis making inferences about process behaviour. SPC is a key component of Total Quality initiatives and ultimately SPC seeks to maximise profit by improving product quality, improving productivity, streamlining process, reducing wastage and reducing variation.

  • The existence and measurement of variation
    • Concepts
    • Variation
    • Data tables, histograms and run charts
    • Normal Distribution
    • Accuracy and Precision
    • Measures of variation (mean, mode, median, range, standard deviation and variance)
  • Understanding and Managing Variation
    • Common and special causes
    • Taking appropriate action on common and special causes
    • Process improvement methodology
    • Reacting to special causes
    • Statistical Control, what it is and the advantages of processes being in control vs tampering with the process
  • Role of Control Charts
    • Role, uses and definition of control charts
    • Types of Control Charts
  • X-Range Charts
    • Use of Charts
    • Preparation and use of control charts
    • Examples
    • Measures of variation (mean, mode, median, range, standard deviation and variance)
  • Attributes Charts
    • c, p, np and u charts (overview)
    • Examples
  • Capability Analysis
    • Process capability
    • Performing a process capability study

Additional Core Tools relating to the Automotive industry include: Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) and Production Part Approval Process (PPAP); Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (FMEA); Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA)

If you book any two “core tools” courses together we can offer a discount of £100.  Please contact us if you wish to take advantage of this offer.

  • Personnel involved in manufacturing, quality, inspection, design/process engineering.
  • Those who are required to develop and interpret control charts.

Participants are encouraged bring their laptop computer or a calculator with basic statistical function for use in the practical workshops.

By the end of this SPC training course, delegates will be able to:

  • Generate, utilise and interpret a variety of Control Charts (Xbar/R, S & Attribute).
  • Perform a capability study and determine process capability indices (Cp, Cpk, Pp and Ppk).
  • Interpret the results in the context of the process variation and product acceptance criteria.

Dedicated training is often more cost effective and convenient for those wishing to train a number of employees. The course includes interactive activities and workshops which encourage team discussions on subjects such as ‘Normal Distribution’, ‘Interpretation of Charts’ and ‘Process Capability’. Schedule the course on a date suitable for your team.

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