Application of statistical techniques in the evaluation of packaging processes

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Title: Application of statistical techniques in the evaluation of packaging processes
Author: Harris, Mark
Abstract: Production processes for packaging components frequently are subject to variation that can result in the manufacture of unusable components. Significant exposure to both the component supplier and the customer is incurred when the production process capability is not established prior to the start of production. "Application of Statistical Techniques in the Evaluation of Packaging Processes" presents a program of statistical tests for problem resolution as well as for the qualification of a new process. Training of manufacturing personnel in the fundamentals is a necessary element to accurately apply and interpret the results. The successful use of statistics requires knowledge of both their strengths and weaknesses. This study highlights those aspects of the process capability index (Cpk) and a sequence of tests to assure the strengths of its predictive powers are not undermined by any weaknesses. Organizations on both sides of the supply chain must resist the temptation to speed a new product to market by eliminating or short cutting the confirmation of process control and process capability. This important step greatly reduces risk and is inexpensive insurance for a smooth new product launch into the marketplace.
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Date: 1997

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