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Quality at Source Manufacturing Systems Analysis Professor: Nour El Kadri site.uottawa.ca

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What is Quality? Quality: The ability of a product or service to consistently meet or exceed customer expectations. Quality: The ability of a product or service to consistently meet or exceed customer expectations. –Not something tacked on, but an integral part of the product/service. –Comes from the fundamental process, not from material or from inspection

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What does a customer perceive as quality –Performance –Aesthetics –Features –Conformance –Reliability –Durability –Perceived quality (eg: reputation) –Serviceability

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Expectations –Customer’s perceptions and expectations shift and evolve: With product life cycle: Features & functionality are critical in a leading- edge hi-tech product Reliability, durability, serviceability are critical in a mature product With an evolving industry, market or technology (cf: “Quality & the Ford Model T”)

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Why is Quality Important?

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Quality is: Quality is: –A critical basis of competition (ie: A critical differentiator) –Critical to SC effectiveness (Partners demand objective evidence of quality measures, programs) –A measure of efficiency & cost saving (“Quality does not cost anything”) –NB: Quality as one key identifier of a High- Performance company

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Cost of Quality –Prevention Costs: All training, planning, customer assessment, process control, and quality improvement costs required to prevent defects from occurring –Appraisal Costs: Costs of activities designed to ensure quality or uncover defects –Failure Costs: Costs incurred by defective parts/products or faulty services. Internal Failure Costs: Costs incurred to fix problems that are detected before the product/service is delivered to the customer. External Failure Costs: Costs incurred to fix problems that are detected after the product/service is delivered to the customer.

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Consequences of Poor Quality –Liability –Loss of productivity –Loss of business: Dissatisfied customers will switch You usually won’t know why (<5% of dissatisfied customers complain) He will cost you add’l business (Average dissatisfied customer will complain to 19 others)

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The Evolution of Quality Management Craft production: Strict craftsman concern for quality Craft production: Strict craftsman concern for quality Industrial revolution: Specialization, division of labour. Little control of or identification with overall product quality Industrial revolution: Specialization, division of labour. Little control of or identification with overall product quality

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SPC (Statistical Process Control) Sample mean value Sample number 99.74% 0.13% Upper control limit Lower control limit Process mean Normal tolerance of process

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Quality Control Charts Definitions VariablesMeasurements on a continuous scale, such as length or weight VariablesMeasurements on a continuous scale, such as length or weight AttributesInteger counts of quality characteristics, such as # of good or bad AttributesInteger counts of quality characteristics, such as # of good or bad DefectA single non-conforming quality characteristic, such as a blemish DefectA single non-conforming quality characteristic, such as a blemish DefectiveA physical unit that contains one or more defects DefectiveA physical unit that contains one or more defects

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Types of Control Charts Data monitored Chart name Sample size Data monitored Chart name Sample size Mean, range of sample variables MR-CHART 2 to 5 units Mean, range of sample variables MR-CHART 2 to 5 units Individual variables I-CHART 1 unit Individual variables I-CHART 1 unit % of defective units in a sample P-CHART at least 100 units % of defective units in a sample P-CHART at least 100 units Number of defects per unit C/U-CHART 1 or more units Number of defects per unit C/U-CHART 1 or more units

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Control Factors n A A 2 D 3 D 4 d 2 d Control factors are used to convert the mean of sample ranges Control factors are used to convert the mean of sample ranges ( R ) to: (1) standard deviation estimates for individual observations, and (2) standard error estimates for means and ranges of samples For example, an estimate of the population standard deviation of individual observations (σ x ) is: σ x = R / d 2

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Control Factors (cont.) Note that control factors depend on the sample size n. Note that control factors depend on the sample size n. Relationships amongst control factors: Relationships amongst control factors: A 2 = 3 / (d 2 x n 1/2 ) D 4 = x d 3 /d 2 D 3 = 1 – 3 x d 3 /d 2, unless the result is negative, then D 3 = 0 A = 3 / n 1/2 D 2 = d 2 + 3d 3 D 1 = d 2 – 3d 3, unless the result is negative, then D 1 = 0

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Mean-Range control chart MR-CHART 1. Compute the mean of sample means ( X ). 2. Compute the mean of sample ranges ( R ). 3. Set 3-std.-dev. control limits for the sample means: UCL = X + A 2 R LCL = X – A 2 R 4. Set 3-std.-dev. control limits for the sample ranges: UCL = D 4 R LCL = D 3 R

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Control chart for percentage defective in a sample — P-CHART 1. Compute the mean percentage defective ( P ) for all samples: P = Total nbr. of units defective / Total nbr. of units sampled 2. Compute an individual standard error (S P ) for each sample: S P = [( P (1-P ))/n] 1/2 Note: n is the sample size, not the total units sampled. If n is constant, each sample has the same standard error. 3. Set 3-std.-dev. control limits: UCL = P + 3S P LCL = P – 3S P

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Control chart for individual observations — I-CHART 1. Compute the mean observation value ( X ) X = Sum of observation values / N where N is the number of observations 2. Compute moving range absolute values, starting at obs. nbr. 2: Moving range for obs. 2 = obs. 2 – obs. 1 Moving range for obs. 3 = obs. 3 – obs. 2 … Moving range for obs. N = obs. N – obs. N – 1 3. Compute the mean of the moving ranges ( R ): R = Sum of the moving ranges / N – 1

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Control chart for individual observations — I-CHART (cont.) 4. Estimate the population standard deviation (σ X ): σ X = R / d 2 Note: Sample size is always 2, so d 2 = Set 3-std.-dev. control limits: UCL = X + 3σ X LCL = X – 3σ X

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Control chart for number of defects per unit — C/U-CHART 1. Compute the mean nbr. of defects per unit ( C ) for all samples: C = Total nbr. of defects observed / Total nbr. of units sampled 2. Compute an individual standard error for each sample: S C = ( C / n) 1/2 Note: n is the sample size, not the total units sampled. If n is constant, each sample has the same standard error. 3. Set 3-std.-dev. control limits: UCL = C + 3S C LCL = C – 3S C Notes: ● If the sample size is constant, the chart is a C-CHART. ● If the sample size varies, the chart is a U-CHART. ● Computations are the same in either case.

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SPC & Cost of Quality –Deming (Promoted SPC in Japan): The cause of poor quality is the system, not the employee Mgmt is responsible to correct poor quality –Juran (“Cost of Quality”: Emphasized need for accurate and complete identification of the costs of quality) : Quality means fitness for use Quality begins in knowing what customers want, planning processes which are capable of producing the required level of quality

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From Quality to Quality Assurance Changing emphasis from “Quality” to “Quality Assurance”(Prevent defects rather than finding them after they occur) New techniques for Quality Improvement (eg: TQM, Six Sigma): New techniques for Quality Improvement (eg: TQM, Six Sigma): New quality programs (Provide objective measures of quality for use of customers, SC partners, etc.) New quality programs (Provide objective measures of quality for use of customers, SC partners, etc.) –Baldridge Award –ISO 9000/14000 Certification –Industry-specific programs (eg: TL9000(Telecom))

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Energy needed to close door Door seal resistance Check force on level ground Energy needed to open door Acoustic trans., window Water resistance Maintain current level Reduce energy level to 7.5 ft/lb Reduce force to 9 lb. Reduce energy to 7.5 ft/lb Maintain current level Engineering characteristics Customer requirements Importance to customer Easy to close Stays open on a hill Easy to open Doesn’t leak in rain No road noise Importance weighting Source: Based on John R. Hauser and Don Clausing, “The House of Quality,” Harvard Business Review, May-June Source: Based on John R. Hauser and Don Clausing, “The House of Quality,” Harvard Business Review, May-June x x x x x x * Competitive evaluation x A B (5 is best) = Us = Comp. A = Comp. B Target values Technical evaluation (5 is best) Correlation: Strong positive Positive Negative Strong negative x x x x x x x x x x x AB BA A A A A A A B B B B B B Relationships: Strong = 9 Medium = 3 Small = 1

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Taguchi analysis Loss function L(x) = k(x-T) 2 where x = any individual value of the quality characteristic T = target quality value k = constant = L(x) / (x-T) 2 Average or expected loss, variance known E[L(x)] = k(σ 2 + D 2 ) where σ 2 = Variance of quality characteristic σ 2 = Variance of quality characteristic D 2 = ( x – T) 2 D 2 = ( x – T) 2 Note: x is the mean quality characteristic. D 2 is zero if the mean equals the target.

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Taguchi analysis (cont.) Average or expected loss, variance unkown E[L(x)] = k[Σ ( x – T) 2 / n] When smaller is better (e.g., percent of impurities) L(x) = kx 2 When larger is better (e.g., product life) L(x) = k (1/x 2 )

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TQM Total Quality Management: A philosophy that involves everyone in an organization in a continual effort to improve quality and achieve customer satisfaction. Total Quality Management: A philosophy that involves everyone in an organization in a continual effort to improve quality and achieve customer satisfaction. –The TQM Approach: Find out what the customer wants Design a product or service that meets or exceeds customer wants Design processes that facilitates doing the job right the first time Keep track of results Extend quality initiatives to include suppliers & distributors.

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Elements of TQM Continual improvement Competitive benchmarking Employee empowerment (eg: Quality circles, etc.) Team approach Decisions based on facts Knowledge of tools Supplier quality Identify and use quality champion Develop quality at the source Include suppliers

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Criticism of TQM –Criticisms of TQM include: Blind pursuit of TQM programs Programs may not be linked to strategies Quality-related decisions may not be tied to market performance Failure to carefully plan the program

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Obstacles to Implementing TQM Poor inter-organizational communication View of quality as a “quick fix” Emphasis on short-term financial results Internal political and “turf” wars Lack of: – Company-wide definition of quality –Strategic plan for change –Customer focus –Real employee empowerment –Strong motivation –Time to devote to quality initiatives –Leadership

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Six Sigma Six Sigma (eg: Jack GE): Six Sigma (eg: Jack GE): –Statistically: Having no more than 3.4 defects per million –Conceptually: A program designed to reduce defects

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Six Sigma programs Improve quality, save time & cut costs Are employed in a wide variety of areas (Design, Production, Service, Inventory, Management, Delivery) Focus on management as well as on the technical component Requires specific tools & techniques Require commitment & active participation by sr management to: Provide strong leadership Define performance metrics Select projects likely to succeed

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Six Sigma Programs Select and train appropriate people The team includes top management & program champions as well as master “black belts”, “Black belts” & “Green belts” A methodical, five- step process: Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control (DMAIC)

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Process Capability Analysis 1. Compute the mean of sample means ( X ). 2. Compute the mean of sample ranges ( R ). 3. Estimate the population standard deviation (σ x ): σ x = R / d 2 σ x = R / d 2 4. Estimate the natural tolerance of the process: Natural tolerance = 6σ x 5. Determine the specification limits: USL = Upper specification limit LSL = Lower specification limit

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Process capability analysis (cont.) 6. Compute capability indices: Process capability potential C p = (USL – LSL) / 6σ x Upper capability index C pU = (USL – X ) / 3σ x Lower capability index C pL = ( X – LSL) / 3σ x Process capability index C pk = Minimum (C pU, C pL )

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Multiplicative seasonality The seasonal index is the expected ratio of actual data to the average for the year. Actual data / Index = Seasonally adjusted data Seasonally adjusted data x Index = Actual data

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Multiplicative seasonal adjustment 1.Compute moving average based on length of seasonality (4 quarters or 12 months). 2.Divide actual data by corresponding moving average. 3.Average ratios to eliminate randomness. 4.Compute normalization factor to adjust mean ratios so they sum to 4 (quarterly data) or 12 (monthly data). 5.Multiply mean ratios by normalization factor to get final seasonal indexes. 6.Deseasonalize data by dividing by the seasonal index. 7.Forecast deseasonalized data. 8.Seasonalize forecasts from step 7 to get final forecasts.

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Additive seasonality The seasonal index is the expected difference between actual data and the average for the year. Actual data - Index = Seasonally adjusted data Seasonally adjusted data + Index = Actual data

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Additive seasonal adjustment 1.Compute moving average based on length of seasonality (4 quarters or 12 months). 2.Compute differences: Actual data - moving average. 3.Average differences to eliminate randomness. 4.Compute normalization factor to adjust mean differences so they sum to zero. 5.Compute final indexes: Mean difference – normalization factor. 6.Deseasonalize data: Actual data – seasonal index. 7.Forecast deseasonalized data. 8.Seasonalize forecasts from step 7 to get final forecasts.

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How to start up a control chart system 1. Identify quality characteristics. 2. Choose a quality indicator. 3. Choose the type of chart. 4. Decide when to sample. 5. Choose a sample size. 6. Collect representative data. 7. If data are seasonal, perform seasonal adjustment. 8. Graph the data and adjust for outliers.

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How to start up a control chart system (cont.) 9. Compute control limits 10. Investigate and adjust special-cause variation. 11. Divide data into two samples and test stability of limits. 12. If data are variables, perform a process capability study: a. Estimate the population standard deviation. b. Estimate natural tolerance. c. Compute process capability indices. d. Check individual observations against specifications. 13. Return to step 1.

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Quick reference to quality formulas Control factors Control factors n A A 2 D 3 D 4 d 2 d Process capability analysis Process capability analysis σ x = R / d 2 σ x = R / d 2 C p = (USL – LSL) / 6σ x C pU = (USL – X ) / 3σ x C p = (USL – LSL) / 6σ x C pU = (USL – X ) / 3σ x C pL = ( X – LSL) / 3σ x C pk = Minimum (C pU, C pL ) C pL = ( X – LSL) / 3σ x C pk = Minimum (C pU, C pL )

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Quick reference to quality formulas (cont.) Means and ranges Means and ranges UCL = X + A 2 RUCL = D 4 R LCL = X – A 2 RLCL = D 3 R Percentage defective in a sample Percentage defective in a sample S P = [( P (1-P ))/n] 1/2 UCL = P + 3S P S P = [( P (1-P ))/n] 1/2 UCL = P + 3S P LCL = P – 3S P Individual quality observations Individual quality observations σ x = R / d 2 UCL = X + 3σ X σ x = R / d 2 UCL = X + 3σ X LCL = X – 3σ X Number of defects per unit Number of defects per unit S C = ( C / n) 1/2 UCL = C + 3S C LCL = C – 3S C

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