Southwest Technology Consultants

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Design of Experiments 
Experiments are frequently conducted to improve/optimize existing processes or to evaluate new and emerging technologies. If properly designed and executed, such experiments can provide huge returns on investment and increase competitiveness. Unfortunately, many experiments suffer from poor planning, design, and execution. For example, the test data may not have been obtained in a manner that provides the desired information, or once obtained, subsequent summarization, display, and analyses may fail to fully properly reveal the information contained in the data.
Successful Experiments

Successful experiments are characterized by five components:

  • Planning the experiment
  • Designing the experiment
  • Displaying test results
  • Analyzing and interpreting test results
  • Documenting the experiment and test results

These five components form the basis for this short course. Methods are presented for:

  • Planning and designing experiments
  • Techniques are demonstrated for effective displays of test results
  • Robust procedures are presented for analyzing and interpreting test results
  • Emphasis is placed on the need for documentation throughout the experiment.

Actual data from ongoing reliability test programs used to evaluate new processes and materials for the production of circuit cards used in military hardware are used for illustration.

What You Will Learn

Course participants will gain an understanding of the value of conducting test programs and the need for proper planning, design, execution, display, interpretation, and documentation. In particular, attendees will learn how to:

  • Plan successful experiments
  • Execute successful experiments
  • Design successful experiments
  • Randomize testing
  • Produce effective displays of experimental results
  • Analyze experimental results
  • Quantify the impact of experimental parameters
  • Interpret the results of experiments
  • Communicate results to decision makers
Topics Covered

The following topics will be covered:

  • 10 steps to planning successful circuit card assembly and materials experiments
  • Experimental design:
  • Two-level factorial experiments

  • Fractional factorials for two-level factors

  • Screening designs

  • Three-level factorial experiments

  • Fractional factorials for three-level factors

  • Taguchi experiments

  • Producing effective displays of experimental results
  • Boxplot display of experimental results
  • Radar plots of categorical data
  • Composite graphical techniques
  • Interpreting graphical displays of experimental results
  • Analyzing experimental results
  • Identifying key experimental parameters and interactions
  • Interpreting the results of an industrial experiment


Contact Information

Phone: 505 856-6500


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