About the book
One of the concerns of the Robust Project is the definition of the most relevant quality characteristics of a product and consequently the respective technical specifications, as well as the best levels of the factors (controllable variables) of the process. No less important is to guarantee, in later stages of the production cycle, capable processes, i.e., that reveal the aptitude to comply with these technical specifications. Several questions are asked when the definitions found in the design phase are to be realized in production. First, it will be necessary to ensure that the processes related to the various quality characteristics are stable (there are only common causes of variation). The monitoring of processes is the advisable way to verify this stability, achieving this aim through the application of the SPC (Statistical Process Control), using specific statistical techniques, the control charts.
This book intends to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the current state-of-the-art in Robust Design Methods, featuring an easy-to-follow, vignette-based format that focuses on the most important evidence-based developments in this critically important area.