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Control charts with predetermined sampling intervals

J. Rodrigues Dias (Department of Mathematics, University of Évora, Évora, Portugal)
Paulo Infante (Department of Mathematics, University of Évora, Évora, Portugal)

International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management

ISSN: 0265-671X

Article publication date: 18 April 2008




The purpose of this paper is to investigate a new sampling methodology previously proposed for systems with a known lifetime distribution: the Predetermined Sampling Intervals (PSI) method.


The methodology is defined on basis of system hazard cumulative rate, and is compared with other approaches, particularly those whose parameters may change in real time, taking into account current sample information.


For different lifetime distributions, the results obtained for adjusted average time to signal (AATS) using a control chart for the sample mean are presented and analysed. They demonstrate the high degree of statistical performance of this sampling procedure, particularly when used in systems with an increasing failure rate distribution.

Practical implications

This PSI method is important from a quality and reliability management point of view.


This methodology involves a process by which sampling instants are obtained at the beginning of the process to be controlled. Also this new approach allows for statistical comparison with other sampling schemes, which is a novel feature.



Rodrigues Dias, J. and Infante, P. (2008), "Control charts with predetermined sampling intervals", International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, Vol. 25 No. 4, pp. 423-435.



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