Distribution-free control charts have been proposed in recent years to monitor processes with insufficient information about the distribution of observations. A promising field of application of these charts is the small production of finite batches of products, where the number of scheduled inspections is limited to a few tens. Following the machine reconfiguration after a process set-up, the quality practitioner cannot rely on past production runs to get knowledge about the distribution of the observations: this scenario can be referred to as the Case U (Unknown) condition in statistical process monitoring. Here, we investigate the issues related to the implementation of Mann–Whitney (MW) type control charts for monitoring the location in a finite horizon production (FHP) process. The practitioner-to-practitioner variability is considered while designing the control limits. The in-control and out-of-control chart performances are investigated over a wide set of scenarios and some graphical tools are proposed to help practitioners during the decision-making process. A comparison with the Shewhart Sign control chart for FHP processes is also presented. An illustrative example is provided to demonstrate the implementation of the proposed chart on a real industrial dataset.
|Titolo:||A distribution-free Shewhart-type Mann–Whitney control chart for monitoring finite horizon productions|
CELANO, GIOVANNI (Primo) [Membro del Collaboration Group] (Corresponding)
|Data di pubblicazione:||2020|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|