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The development of multi‐response experimental designs for process parameter optimization

Paul L. Goethals (Advanced Quality Engineering Laboratory, Department of Industrial Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA)
Byung Rae Cho (Advanced Quality Engineering Laboratory, Department of Industrial Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA)

International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management

ISSN: 0265-671X

Article publication date: 28 June 2011

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Abstract

Purpose

The selection of the optimal process target for a manufacturing process is critically important as it directly affects the defect rate, rejection and rework costs, and the loss to customers. A recent review of process target literature suggests that future work should incorporate models using multiple quality characteristics. Thus, the purpose of this paper is to create a more flexible and realistic approach to solving the multi‐response process target problem.

Design/methodology/approach

A design of experiments methodology is proposed to provide estimates of process parameters and a nonlinear constrained optimization scheme is employed to identify optimal settings.

Findings

The approximation of cost savings undoubtedly has a higher degree of accuracy than in the case where the engineer assumes values for the process parameters. Furthermore, greater flexibility is obtained in finding solutions that support both the manufacturer and the customer.

Research limitations/implications

This methodology relies on controlled experimentation and the replication of observations made on multiple nominal‐the‐best quality characteristics. Future research may include examining the effects of using smaller‐the‐better or larger‐the‐better type characteristics.

Originality/value

Unlike traditional attempts at solving the process target problem where the process mean, variance, and covariance between characteristics are assumed known in advance, this paper uses an approach that removes these assumptions, thereby providing a more practical depiction of the overall system. Furthermore, this methodology broadens the scope of process target problem research by seeking the simultaneous optimization of process parameters and considering a loss in quality attributed to deviation from a target value.

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Citation

Goethals, P.L. and Rae Cho, B. (2011), "The development of multi‐response experimental designs for process parameter optimization", International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, Vol. 28 No. 6, pp. 628-648. https://doi.org/10.1108/02656711111141193

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2011, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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