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Continuous Quality Improvement in Short Run Manufacture

  • L. R. Carter
  • C. Butler
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Summary

This paper describes an investigation into the development of a short run monitoring system. The elements of a black box feedback loop were applied as a framework to the issue of quality control. This led to the use of repeatability studies, Taguchi experiments and the application of Taguchi’s loss function. This system was developed for a use on a personal computer based in a machining cell. Dimensions were captured via digital gauges. Trials of the system have reduced output variability and the system has replaced a traditional statistical process control system that was inappropriate for short run production.

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© Department of Mechanical Engineering University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. R. Carter
    • 1
  • C. Butler
    • 1
  1. 1.Brunel UniversityUxbridgeUK

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