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Managing variability using STATISTICAL PROCESS CONTROL

Statistical Process Control : A summary

Statistical Process Control, commonly referred to as SPC, is a method for monitoring, controlling and, ideally, improving a process through statistical analysis.

The philosophy assumes that all processes exhibit intrinsic variation. However, sometimes processes show excessive variation that produces undesirable or unpredictable results.

  • SPC uses graphical displays known as control charts to monitor a production process.
  • Control charts provide a basis for deciding whether the variation in the output is due to common causes (in control) or assignable causes (out of control).
  • Values outside of the control limits provide strong evidence that the process is out of control.

A taster of SPC