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Learn Quality Improvement for Manufacturing

Minitab to offer public training in Chicago area, March 27–30, 2012

Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 13:20

(Minitab: State College, PA) -- Refine your quality improvement skills by attending Minitab’s Manufacturing Quality training series in Chicago, March 27–30, 2012. Professionals will have the opportunity to learn from an industry-seasoned Minitab trainer, who will emphasize techniques for improving quality in manufacturing. Minitab will offer the series at MicroTek, 3010 Highland Parkway, Downers Grove, Illinois 60515.

The series consists of four day-long courses:
• Day 1: Introduction to Minitab
• Day 2: Basic statistics
• Day 3: Statistical quality analysis
• Day 4: Factorial designs

The courses are tailored for professionals working in the automotive industry, chemical production plants, and other companies involved in manufacturing. The course materials include examples with metrics such as diameters, pressure, and hardness.

The full four days of training costs $1,700; registration for individual sessions is also available. Registration is available online here.

Paul Sheehy, Minitab technical training specialist and certified Six Sigma Black Belt, will be the instructor for the Chicago sessions. Sheehy earned bachelor’s degrees in both industrial technology and mechanical engineering while employed at General Electric. In academia, he served as an adjunct professor and industrial advisor for mechanical engineering technology at the University of Maine. After becoming a Master Black Belt, Sheehy deployed the Six Sigma program at the GE Power Systems facility and taught Six Sigma methodology at various GE locations. Sheehy also worked for the Six Sigma Academy, where he was a master consultant and trainer for five years before coming to Minitab.

His extensive training experience, coupled with more than 35 years’ experience in both manufacturing and business processes with companies such as GE, Saco Defense, and Irving Leather, makes Sheehy an excellent resource to his class participants.

“I frequently tell my students that their success is the only measure of my success,” says Sheehy.

The skills covered in the five day-long courses are detailed below.

Introduction to Minitab
Participants learn to create, manipulate, and restructure data, and how to create and interpret a wide variety of graphs and numerical measures useful for quality improvement initiatives. Topics include charts, histograms, box plots, dot plots, scatter plots, tables, measures of location, and variation and ODBC.

Basic statistics
Participants learn to match appropriate statistical tools to their own applications and how to correctly interpret statistical output to quickly reveal problems or show evidence of improvement. Participants explore critical features in their processes through statistical modeling tools that help to uncover and describe relationships between variables. Topics include t-tests, proportion tests, tests for equal variance, power and sample size, correlation, simple linear and multiple regression, analysis of variance (ANOVA), and general linear model (GLM).

Statistical quality analysis
Participants learn the basic fundamentals of statistical process control (SPC) and how these quality tools can provide the necessary evidence to improve and control manufacturing processes. Topics include gauge repeatability and reproducibility (GR&R); destructive testing; gauge linearity and bias; attribute agreement; variables and attribute control charts; and capability analysis for normal, non-normal, and attribute data.

Factorial designs
Participants learn to generate full and fractional factorial designed experiments, then interpret and communicate results to improve products and processes, reduce process variation, and expedite development projects. Topics include design of factorial experiment; normal effects plot and Pareto of effects; power and sample size; main effect, interaction, and cube plots; center points; overlaid contour plots; and multiple response optimization.



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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.