New technologies can result in increased production rates, lower labor input, improved product properties and performance, lower unit costs, lower scrap rates, and improved yields in downstream processing.
Control charts can tell us whether processes-as characterized by various property or process measurements-are in control, drifting or out of control. However, the charts can't tell us much of anything about the relationships between process properties or variables.
The basic functions of statistical process control (SPC) include the use of statistical tools to characterize processes, determine their inherent variability, monitor whether or not the processes are in control, and ultimately optimize processes and their control.
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