A comparative analysis of the Taguchi and Shainin DOE techniques in an aerospace environment

A.J. Thomas (Cardiff School of Engineering, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK)
J. Antony (Centre for Research in Six Sigma and Process Improvement (CRISSPI), Caledonian Business School, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK)

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401

Publication date: 1 December 2005

Abstract

Purpose

To highlight the application and to compare the effectiveness of the Taguchi and Shainin experimental design processes as applied to aerospace structural components.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper applies both the Taguchi and Shainin experimental design techniques to optimizing the design of honeycomb composite joints. The techniques are fully applied, the results analysed and their user friendliness is assessed.

Findings

This paper identifies an optimum parameter setting for composite joints gained from applying these experimental design techniques. Significant improvements in joint strength are achieved through identifying a new joint setting.

Practical implications

The adoption of the experimental design techniques outlined in this paper and their application to a real engineering problem will enable a company to apply the techniques and to attain improvements in terms of cost and quality.

Originality/value

The analysis of both the Taguchi and Shainin methodologies and the resulting conclusions as to their effectiveness for industry is the real value of this paper. This paper will be valuable for quality professionals, design engineers and manufacturing specialists in a wide range of industries.

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Citation

Thomas, A. and Antony, J. (2005), "A comparative analysis of the Taguchi and Shainin DOE techniques in an aerospace environment", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 54 No. 8, pp. 658-678. https://doi.org/10.1108/17410400510627516

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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