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Minitab Inc.  |  10/13/2011

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MINITAB 16.2 Statistical Software Adds New Quality Improvement Features

Latest update includes new control charts

(Minitab: State College, PA) -- Minitab Inc. has released Minitab 16.2 Statistical Software, an update to the most recent version of the leading software used for quality improvement and statistics education. This update adds new tools to Minitab’s quality improvement arsenal.

 The update is free for Minitab 16 users. The company also offers a free, fully functional, 30-day trial at http://www.minitab16.com.

“Minitab Statistical Software is designed to open the door to statistical analysis for more people,” says Michelle Paret, Minitab product marketing manager. “It’s the ideal solution for everyone who needs to analyze data in order to improve quality and make data-driven decisions.”

The Minitab 16.2 update adds four new control charts to those already available in the software: Laney P' and U' charts, and G and T charts.

Laney P' and U' control charts are similar to the traditional P and U charts used to monitor processes in many industries. But where traditional control charts can potentially indicate that a stable process is out of control, especially when large amounts of data are collected, Laney charts ensure that only important deviations in the process are detected.

“As a result,” Paret explains, “these charts can give you a more reliable indication of whether your process is truly in or out of control and eliminate false alarms.”

Hospitals, clinics, and surgery centers can use Minitab’s new G and T control charts to monitor rare events. “These charts are typically used to help health care facilities assess the time or opportunities between rare events,” says Paret. “They’re designed to monitor infections, medication errors, ventilator-associated pneumonias, patient falls, and other rare adverse events.”

Although G and T charts are used heavily in health care, they are applicable to other industries.

“Think about the ‘days between accidents’ signs that you see posted in manufacturing facilities,” says Paret. “That type of monitoring is a natural fit for the G chart. it’s also very applicable to low-defect processes seen in high-yield manufacturing systems.”

Minitab 16 was introduced in May 2010 and received favorable reviews for its new functionality and features, especially the Assistant, a menu-based tool designed to guide users through their analyses and help them interpret their results with confidence.

The Assistant contains interactive decision trees that help users choose the right tool and walk them through the analysis step-by-step. It has a simplified interface that is easy to understand, and includes guidelines to ensure your analysis is successful. It even provides interpretation of the output and comprehensive reports that can used to present the results.

“Minitab lets you focus on improving your business because it’s so easy to use,” says Paret. “That’s why it’s also the most popular choice for teaching statistics in universities and even high schools.”

Thousands of companies worldwide use Minitab to analyze data for quality improvement programs. More than 4,000 colleges and universities use Minitab for teaching and research.

Because it has been adopted by companies around the globe, Minitab 16 is available in English, French, German, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Documentation is available in several other languages.

The company offers two other products. Quality Companion by Minitab is process improvement software designed specifically to help professionals manage and execute quality improvement projects. Quality Trainer by Minitab is an e-learning course that teaches statistics and serves as an ongoing resource for professionals who use statistics to implement quality improvement.

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Minitab Inc. develops statistical analysis and process improvement software for academic and commercial users. Minitab Statistical Software, a data analysis tool for businesses, has been used to implement virtually every major Six Sigma quality improvement initiative, and to teach statistics in more than 4,000 colleges and universities worldwide. Quality Companion is used to plan and execute Six Sigma projects. Use the subscription-based online learning course, Quality Trainer, to learn or refresh your knowledge and to access quality statistics expertise anytime. Interactive lessons based on real problems make concepts easy to retain.

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