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An application of experimental design for process optimisation

Hefin Rowlands (Hefin Rowlands is Head of the Department of Engineering, University of Wales College Newport, Newport, UK.)
Jiju Antony (Jiju Antony is a senior teaching fellow at the International Manufacturing Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK)
Graeme Knowles (Graeme Knowles is a senior teaching fellow at the International Manufacturing Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK)

The TQM Magazine

ISSN: 0954-478X

Article publication date: 1 April 2000

Abstract

Dr Taguchi is a Japanese engineer and an international quality consultant who has made breakthrough improvements in product and process quality through the use of statistical design of experiments (SDOE). The Taguchi method became popular in the West in the 1980s as a means to design robust products and processes. Although many companies and industries have used the method with success, the real benefits of the approach were not realised and fully understood in many cases. This lack of success could be attributed to a number of factors, but mainly because the experiments were treated in isolation and not integrated into a continuous improvement strategy. This paper briefly presents the results of the application of the Taguchi methodology in the UK industry. The paper also illustrates the application of the Taguchi method for optimising the production process of retaining a metal ring in a plastic body in a braking system.

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Rowlands, H., Antony, J. and Knowles, G. (2000), "An application of experimental design for process optimisation", The TQM Magazine, Vol. 12 No. 2, pp. 78-84. https://doi.org/10.1108/09544780010318325

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