Essentials of Measurement Systems Analysis

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Course Number: V18D_20

Measurement systems have been called ‘the forgotten link’ in today’s quality management systems. From using calipers or micrometers to determine a width or length, to sophisticated x-ray and spectrometry to complex chemical analysis, more than ever before, the variability in a measurement system can be a significant difference in success and failure for an organization.

Engineers and technical personnel need an understanding of measurement system variability and how to conduct measurement system analysis (MSA) studies to quantify variation. Engineers and technical personnel typically develop process or product specifications, determine tolerances or other required measurements and in some cases specify measurement methods to be used. Understanding the variation in a measurement system is essential to be effective in this important arena.

In many industries, such as the automotive sector, MSA’s are required and even must be done in a certain way to comply with industry or customer requirements. Required or not, understanding measurement system variability is essential to satisfying customers and reducing waste in today’s competitive environment.

Essentials of Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA) is an overview course that gives the participant an understanding of the sources of variation in a measurement system and how to quantify the variation. It is not intended for the participant to learn in depth calculations, but rather the terminology and methodology for understanding measurement system variation with an overview of the calculations.

The international quality management system standard, IATF 16949:2016 requires that all types of measurement systems used in a facility have MSA’s completed using the AIAG MSA manual. Essentials of Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA) will overview that methodology. Effective quality management systems include determining measurement variation as a routine part of the quality system. This course will provide an overview of at least three methods of determining measurement system variation.

The instructor for Essentials of Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA), Davis M. Woodruff, PE, CMC, has over three decades of real world experience with clients on 3 continents and in 35 states. He uses a practical approach based on experience, research and education. He has been providing guidance and assistance to companies in establishing quality systems and applying statistical methods, such as MSA, since 1984.

The learning objectives are for participants to:

Relate Measurement System Analysis to Quality System Standards & Requirements

1.  Understand measurement is a process with variability that can be quantified
2.  Know the key terms in Measurement System Analysis
3.  Be able to plan, conduct and analyze measurement system studies
4.  Understand how to troubleshoot and improve a measurement process

Instructor: Davis M. Woodruff, PE, CMC

**Does not meet the criteria for CE credit in New York State

Course Length: 2 Hours, ( 0. 2CEUs or 2PDHs or 2CPCs )

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