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8-1

Is
Process
Capable
?
The
Quality
Improvement
Model
Use SPC to
Maintain
Current
Process
Collect &
Interpret
Data
Select
Measures
Define
Process
Is
Process
Capable
?
Improve
Process
Capability
Is
Process
Stable
?
Investigate &
Fix Special
Causes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Is Process Capable?
Purpose: Determine the adequacy
of the process with
respect to customer
/management needs.
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Is
Process
Capable
?
Capable Process
A stable process that meets customer requirements.
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Run Order
UCL
CL
LCL
Control Chart
Lower Spec Upper Spec
Target
Histogram
Capability assessments for unstable processes, may not be indicative of
how the process is actually performing.
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Is
Process
Capable
?
Assessing Process Capability
Counting Measures
The average percent defectives.
The average number of defects.

Instrument Measures
Comparing both the center of the process and the process
variation
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Is
Process
Capable
?
Capability Assessment for Counting Measures

Order Entry Process
Is this process adequate as is?

Should it be improved?
Week
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
Total
# Errors
15
22
18
10
13
9
27
12
24
22
8
8
26
16
20
10
16
9
15
20
320
0
5
10
15
20
25
30
35
5 10 15 20
Avg=16.0
LCL=4.0
UCL=28.0
Week
Number
of Errors
Control Chart
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Is
Process
Capable
?
Measures of Process Capability
C p =
Specification Range
True Process Range
=
USL - LSL
6s
c

C pk =
Distance from process average
to closest specification limit
1
2
True Process Range
=
min (USL - x , x - LSL)
3s
c

Problem: We are assuming the process has a target that is
in the center of the specification range, and that
the process is in fact centered on that target.
Note: a negative result is possible if the process average is outside specifications
Benefits: Optimal values are attained by running exactly
between specs.
Can (must) be used for 1-sided specifications
C p < 1.0

Process is not capable of meeting specs
C
p
= 1.0

Process is marginally capable
C
p
> 1.0

Process is capable of meeting specs
C
pk
< 1.0

Process is not capable of meeting specs
C pk = 1.0

Process is marginally capable
C
pk
> 1.0

Process is capable of meeting specs
Warning: Capability assessments for unstable processes, may not be
indicative of how the process is actually performing.
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Is
Process
Capable
?
How much material is out of spec?
In the short term?
In the long term?
USL
LSL
Process Capability
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Is
Process
Capable
?
Process Capability Ratios

Voice of The Customer
Voice of The Process
USL
LSL
8-8
Is
Process
Capable
?
8-9
Is
Process
Capable
?
Process Capability - The Strategy
Centering The Process Is On Target
Spread Reduce The Variation
LSL
USL
Defects
Defects
8-10
Is
Process
Capable
?
2 Key Metrics for Measuring Capability
C Min(
X - LSL
3
USL - X
3
pk


, )
c
LSL USL
Cp
s 6

c s
c s
Process Capability Ratios
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Is
Process
Capable
? Process Capability Ratios - Concept
Total Tolerance
C
Process Spread
p

c
LSL USL
Cp
s 6

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Is
Process
Capable
?
A Short-term Capability study covers a relatively
short period of time (days, weeks) generally
consisting of 30 to 50 data points. The actual
number depends on the subject under study.
Is The Process
In Control ?


Is It Producing
Defects ?
35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0
39
34
29
24
Observation Number
I
n
d
i
v
i
d
u
a
l

V
a
l
u
e
I Chart for C1
X=30.60
3.0SL=37.36
-3.0SL=23.84
C
P
& C
PK
Measure Short-term
Capability
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Is
Process
Capable
?
A long-term capability study covers a relatively long
period of time (weeks, months) generally consisting of
100-200 data points. Again, the actual amount depends
on the subject under study.
Is The Process
In Control ?


Is It Producing
Defects ?
100 50 0
50
40
30
20
Observation Number
I
n
d
i
v
i
d
u
a
l

V
a
l
u
e
I Chart for C3
X=33.80
3.0SL=47.12
-3.0SL=20.49
Long Term Performance
Short term
Capability
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Is
Process
Capable
?
A Further Look at Capability
Compare the estimates of the process deviations
from the short-term and long-term data
What is the difference between the short-term and the
long-term data?
What implication does this have in doing capability
studies?
Descriptive Statistics


Variable N Mean StdDev
short term 30 30.6 2.23
long term 180 33.8 4.44
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Is
Process
Capable
?
Measures of Process Performance
P
p
=
Specification Range
True Process Range
=
USL - LSL
6s
s

P
pk
=
Distance from process average
to closest specification limit
1
2
True Process Range
=
min (USL - x , x - LSL)
3s
s

Problem: We are assuming the process has a target that is
in the center of the specification range, and that
the process is in fact centered on that target.
Note: a negative result is possible if the process average is outside specifications
Benefits: Optimal values are attained by running exactly
between specs.
Can (must) be used for 1-sided specifications
P
p
< 1.0

Process Performance is not meeting specs
P
p
= 1.0

Process Performance is marginally meeting specs
P
p
> 1.0

Process Performance is meeting specs
P
pk
< 1.0

Process Performance is not meeting specs
P
pk
= 1.0

Process Performance is marginally meeting specs
P
pk
> 1.0

Process Performance is meeting specs
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Is
Process
Capable
?
Performance vs. Capability
These data show that the process, if well controlled can
perform much better than it currently is
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14
13
12
11
10
Index
C
O
2
-
S
h
r
t
CO2 Levels for 55 Time Points Days Sales Outstanding for 55 Days
D
S
O

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Is
Process
Capable
?
Capability vs. Performance
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14
13
12
11
10
Index
C
O
2
-
S
h
r
t
CO2 Levels for 55 Time Points Days Sales Outstanding for 55 Days
D
S
O

Process Performance:
Total Variation including
shifts and drifts
(Pp & Ppk)
Capability: Only
random or short
term variability
(Cp & Cpk)
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Is
Process
Capable
?
Process Performance Ratios

The P-family of indices are computationally the same as
the C-family of capability indices, but use the observed
long-term standard deviation.
P Min(
X - LSL
3
USL - X
3
pk





, )
s
LSL USL
p P
s 6

s s s s
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Is
Process
Capable
?
WARNING!!!
Statistical Assumptions Made In Capability Studies

1. Data Comes From a Stable Process
If not, work towards getting the process in
control
Dont despair, you can still make some
assumptions about your process in the mean
time