An alternative mean estimator for processes monitored by SPC charts

Argon Chen, E. A. Elsayed

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Statistical Process Control (SPC) chart is a graphical tool that helps to identify a possible process shift. Though the SPC chart is, in theory, a monitoring tool that reveals only the result of a statistical hypothesis testing, in practice the chart's signaling is often used for making process adjustment. In this paper we develop a robust estimator of the process mean for processes monitored by SPC charts. This mean estimate can serve as an important reference for investigating assignable causes and taking appropriate corrective actions. When the control chart is implemented as a control device, the mean estimate can also provide a more accurate assessment of the amount of adjustment to be made to the process. We also demonstrate in this paper that when the process shift is relatively small, the proposed mean estimate outperforms the mean estimate usually used for the CUSUM scheme.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3093-3109
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Issue number13
StatePublished - Sep 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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